5 Things We Can Do To Save Trees (Directly And Indirectly): A Change Towards Green Planet
Introduction: Where do we stand now?
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Planet earth is the most ‘alive’ planet known to humankind to date. Our surroundings are all full of living things. In a way, our world is a living being, with all the creatures working as codependent organs of a body. With that analogy in mind, it becomes pretty clear that trees and forests are the lungs of that body. From Mediterranean Forests to Tropical Evergreen Forests, they purify the air, provide food and shelter, facilitate rainfall, hold the ground, and much more. What are human beings doing as a living part of the planet earth?
We are acting as cancer in almost every aspect of the body, especially the lungs. We are vandalizing forests at an alarming rate, and it is not even slowing down. We already know about the adverse environmental impact we are making on this planet with perspective. Deforestation, carbon emission, pollution, and whatnot, name it, and we are doing it. It is all building up upon itself.
So it is too late, or is there still hope? What can we do individually? What are the direct and indirect impacts we can make? Continue reading if you want to know 5 ways to save the planet by keeping its lungs safe, aka trees, and live a “save trees save earth” life
1. Go digital: Moving towards paper’s alternatives.
“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
― Gary Snyder
Paper products are pretty standard things in all places. Whether as office supplies or as toilet rolls, the paper is everywhere. It has become natural for us to use. It is easy to store, and it is cheap. But what does it really cost to have a piece of paper for everyone? According to Industrial Environmental Performance Metrics, about 500 million cubic meters (i.e.14 percent of the annual global wood harvest in 1995) were used in the pulp and paper industry. Another research shows that when it comes to global forests, the pulp and paper industry are quite influential. Out of total globally traded industrial wood, over 40 percent falls under the production of simple products such as office paper supplies, glossy paper, tissue papers, and paper-based packaging.
But these are all big numbers and hard to comprehend. Let us discuss an example that is more relatable and understandable. A survey says that 12000A4 sheets are derived from an average tree. With some calculation mentioned in a paper in IJERT, it was found that it takes 300 trees to run a semester in an engineering college having a capacity of 400 seats. Get it, how bad the situation is? So what can we do?
There is a simple solution to this problem. We can transfer ourselves towards digital alternatives of paper. We can easily switch to digital options that work in the same way as a paper and even more. Switching to E-books, digital notes, digital magazines, and online exams can significantly reduce the demand for paper in the education sector. Documentations should be done and stored digitally to save trees. Office supplies such as memos, bills, account sheets, records, etc., can be totally converted into their digital selves.
Necessary business belongings such as paper visiting cards already have digital alternatives. There is no need to print many paper visiting cards with one digital card and cut trees down. The Trace social is an excellent example of one such service. We can easily make paper supplies for familiar places as the past and save trees by embracing the digital future.
2. Recycle and Reuse: The bridge between present and future.
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
― Albert Einstein
Recycling is a well-known concept for everyone. It is a crucial connector between our lifestyle and the lifestyle we should have to go on with the “save tree save earth” agenda. Change is not a single-day phenomenon; it is a rather time taking process. Recycling is the way to pass that time sustainably. We have been taught in our school that recycling paper is an essential thing to save trees. Statistically speaking, around 17 trees can be saved with just one ton of recycled paper. So where do we come in here? What can we do?
Changing our lifestyle entirely is not the easiest of the things to do. Recycling wood and paper products is a more manageable approach to start with. Recycling magazines, newspapers, and old notes are always helpful. Another path toward this is to share or pass-on products such as books and written notes. Toilet supplies are another impacting parameter when it comes to recycle and reuse. Choosing the Indian way to clean yourself may sound gross but is highly environment friendly in practice.
Opting for cloth towels, recycled sheets, and recycled toilet papers is a much-needed step to take. It costs a bit more, but it surely helps save trees and build the green planet we all want and need. These small changes by everyone together will result in a significant development towards sustainable development.
3. Buy the right thing: Forest-friendly products.
“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
― Pope John Paul II
We are nothing but our choices. As a consumer, we can do wonders with our selection of products. Deforestation is vandalizing the face of our green planet. Production of almost every household, as well as industrial equipment, involves deforestation. We always look for FSSAI and ISO labels to ensure the quality of the product we want to purchase, but is it enough? Maybe, it is time for us to look for something more, choose wisely, and avoid products that are not environment friendly. So what options do we have? What can we do?
Choosing products with certified eco-labels is the best thing we can do as a consumer. Labels such as Ecomark, GreenPro, India Organica, and GOTS are some of the eco-labels to be checked while making a purchase. These labels ensure that the product is produced sustainably. They include various product market categories like organic food, forest products, packaging, textiles, cosmetics, personal care, etc.
This means we can make a difference indirectly on our part with our everyday product purchase. There are already plenty of options available, from clothing to eatables, that are eco-friendly and promote the ‘green planet’ agenda. Avoiding uncertified products helps save trees, a large area of them, especially the tropical evergreen forests.
4. Gain more knowledge: Plant a tree together.
“What you take from the earth, you must give back. That’s nature’s way.”
― Chris d’Lacey, The Fire Within
It always helps to know a little more about something of interest. In return, gaining knowledge may increase the level of interest even further. We can spend more time learning more about the latest trends and information around saving trees, deforestation, and various other related topics. We deal better with the problem we know enough about. Acting upon an agenda requires an individual as well as collective efforts. So what do we do?
We can always make local groups and dedicate small parts of our weekends to plant trees. This is promoting reforestation on a trim level. Making small communities can guarantee output on the efforts towards a green planet. We should set goals and manage calendars on the number of trees planted in a given month. This way, we can even track the progress and compensate for others in the group upon their absence. Initiation of such a thing requires dedication, but with time, it becomes self-sustaining. There is nothing we cannot achieve if we work together.
5. Support the ongoing work: Spreading awareness.
“The world, as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Making people aware of the situation is an important task to do for each of us. This is the digital age. The world is online. We can take upon the social medial to educate people about our cause. Saving trees can always go trending. By doing so, people can be more aware and sensitive about the situation of forests. But is that it, or can we do more? So what do we do?
Several organizations are working on the noble cause. We can always show our appreciation and support them. We can donate to the cause, and it really feels good. There are big Organizations like The Nature Conservancy and new ones such as TreeSena working on the front hand to save trees and contribute towards a green planet. This is one way in which we can help internationally, breaking the boundaries. After all, everything needs support to grow.
Conclusion: Save Trees Save Planet
“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.
–Extract from Chief Seattle’s Letter
As a smart living thing, we should act upon the fact that our actions have consequences. It is about time we ask ourselves that we are developing at pace, but are we developing peace? Peace with mother nature. Sensitivity toward our surroundings is the way our thought process should go. Rather than human development, we should think about the sustainable development of the planet earth. If we do not show our sensitivity now, it will bite us on our back sooner or later. This is our place, our home, and it is our responsibility to keep it healthy and clean. We should work today for a green planet and make the earth green again.
Save Trees, Save Planet