Arbor Day is both a vitally important and often overlooked holiday. It was in 1970 that it was first declared a national holiday, but it took a century of work to get there. Nebraska gets original credit for Arbor Day’s importance. The very first one took place there on April 10, 1872. Thanks to a newspaper editor named J. Sterling Morton, children planted more than a million trees that day.
Arbor Day Importance
That’s why the holiday exists. It might seem like a small thing to plant a few trees, but the world only has half the forests it once did. Arbor Day‘s importance is that it reminds us to take care of the earth, and it sets aside a time for us to do it.
This is especially important for the United States. While we have 5% of the world’s population, 7% of its land area, and 8% of its forested land, we account for 28% of the world’s timber used in products.
Why Trees Are Vital
Trees do so much! They absorb fossil fuel emissions like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. That means they slow the speed of climate change. They emit oxygen. A single healthy tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air every year. Imagine what a forest does.
Trees prevent flooding, runoff, and landslides. They capture harmful pollutants from the soil, making drinking water cleaner. Their shade can reduce energy costs by sheltering buildings. They serve as windbreaks for busy highways. There is no shortage of what trees can do.
The Natura Organic Wine Commitment
Arbor Day encourages us to think about the earth, and to make sustainable choices. Sustainable doesn’t mean you lose out on what you enjoy. Take Natura organic wine, for instance. It’s made from organically grown grapes. As a biodynamic wine, it’s also made using sustainable processes.
In fact, Natura partnered with Reforest Patagonia to plant 10,000 trees in 2015. Natura organic wine is made from grapes grown in Chile, and the Patagonian region needs its forests replenished. That successful experience encouraged Natura to join a similar program in the U.S. For every bottle of natural wine sold, they’ll plant a tree through the National Forest Foundation.
It’s just one way of extending those sustainable practices, to do a little more that can make a big difference for future generations.