Planting for the future

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” -Greek Proverb

On Mother’s Day this Sunday when we are all busy honoring and creating a special day for our Mothers, let us not forget to honor and give back to our beautiful “Mother Earth, Gaia, Beloved one.”

This Sunday I am planting a tree in her honor, as a gift for all the abundance I receive each day.  With the statistics below sadly changing each year, I ask that you take the time to plant a tree and help change the future for our children’s, children.

It doesn’t cost much and certainly doesn’t take much time, but the ripple effect for our future, is immense.  We can all make a difference.

  • 13 million hectares of forest have been converted for other uses or destroyed by natural causes. While I’m writing this, almost 3 hectares have been cleared.
  • Up to 28,000 species can go extinct in the next quarter century due to deforestation.
  • By the year 2030, we might only have 10% of Rainforests left and it can all disappear in a hundred years.
  • There are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest which can be used as medicines.
  • According to Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.


    Global Warming

    Is caused by greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide being released into our atmosphere in great amounts. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while at the same time producing oxygen and releasing water vapor into the atmosphere. We’ve destroyed only half of our forests and we’re already feeling the effects of global warming. What if there isn’t a single tree left?

    Loss of Habitat

    70% of our world’s plant and animal species live in forests. Whenever we clear acres of them, they lose their habitat and die. Indigenous forest people who’ve lived there for the longest time are being deprived of their home.

40 thoughts on “Planting for the future

  1. I love your idea about giving back to Mother, Karen. If we can’t plant a tree by practical reasons, like living in an apartment with no garden, we can buy a small tree and keep it inside the house or at a balcony, until it becomes too big and need a place in the nature. All plants and trees produce oxygen and clean our air, some more than others.
    We could also implement to give a tree as a gift, when the receiver has a garden to plant it in, instead of buying other kind of gifts.
    Wish you a happy weekend 🙂

    1. Yes becoming creative within our own environment is a great idea Irene and not to let that be an excuse! I love your thoughts. Have a lovely weekend too. ❤️💚🍀🍀

  2. It is important to be aware of these facts, and do what we can to mitigate the destruction. There are so many things we have no control over regarding what is going on, but we can do small things in our own small worlds like using less paper, recycling, cycling or walking instead of driving, use clean energy and like you said – plant a tree! So simple. Thanks Karen. This topic means a lot to me.
    Peace and Oxygen

    1. Great ideas Mary. Each of us in some small way can slowly create a difference. Thankyou for all your connections and contributions to our beautiful Mother Earth. 🙏🏻💜🙏🏻

  3. I applaud your effort, Karen. There is something wonderfully hopeful about planting a tree. I’ve had the pleasure of watching many small saplings that I’ve planted in my lifetime grow to amazing heights. It is a thrill that cannot be described.

  4. I was part of the Environmental Department when I was in Greece. My work was about providing clean water, water consumption and energy saving, and prevention of backflow and water contamination to and from the environment. I don’t know about planting a tree, but I like to believe that someway, somehow I had done some of my part in helping, or controlling the use of, the environment,

  5. A wonderful gift for an important cause. I wonder how many people think about the term “Mother Earth” around Mother’s Day? I also wonder why we commonly limit our thinking to our own immediate mothers. How much more joyous could this occasion be if we celebrated this special day in communities rather than simply individual households?

    1. I agree Jonathan I forget at times as well, and I am glad I am making an effort today. I bought my native tree yesterday and will plant my gift this morning. Thankyou 💚

  6. Great post for today and any time, Karen! We as the human community need to become much more conscious about the consequences of our choices. I have planted hundreds of trees on our family’s land in Finland. The empty meadows became beautiful forest, now home for many animals.

    1. What a wonderful gift to have lived on such rich vast land Helen. There are many who give back to Mother Earth in so many ways and we can all do our part to nurture this abundant land. Thankyou 🍀❤️

      1. Bad floods, school closed today blackout last night. Power back on today at about 3pm exhausted and so happy power is back on tonight. Very dark out here in the sticks with no street lights. Very appreciative of my creature comforts today Karen. hope you are safe and dry too.

      2. Wow so many stories of damage. Losing it does make us appreciate our normal life. No damage here in surburbia and very very grateful 💜💜 Stay warm xx

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