It is on a positive note that I am ending my week as I joined the Heller Environmental Justice Working Group, together with fellow students from Brandeis University and the City of Waltham Tree Wardens (Mr Kevin Thomson and team) to plant trees around our beautiful city of Waltham (Massachusetts).
Little needs to be emphasized about the importance of trees for humanity. Why is it so important to me and why should you bother?
We are all witnesses of the consequences of human activity on the degradation of the environment. We are good at sharing images on social media about the consequences of our actions and inactions concerning our planet. It does feel good as long as we are not the ones directly affected. But if the ripple effect is true, then soon or later what we watched on television and enjoyed on social media will be knocking at our doors.
“Someone needs to take action. It starts with me.”
Fires could turn Amazon into a desert (independent.co.uk)
We place heavy and constant demands on mother nature, but less do we think about what we, as human beings are to offer back. The least every human being can do and with little or no effort is to protect and preserve our planet. We only have this one planet to share.
Don’t call me when people are marching, protesting, denouncing the consequences of human actions. Such passive campaigns have never done us any good. I want to be proactive by standing in favor of causes and actions that affect positively our humanity.Prince Kwamiso
Don’t call me to stand against hunger. Call me to stand for food provision. Don’t call me when you want to march against deforestation. Call me when you are marching to plant trees.Prince Kwamiso
If we don’t act now, the generation after us will blame us for our inaction.
“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.John F. Kennedy
These historic words from John F. Kennedy from his inaugural speech on January 20, 1961, challenge every one of us to contribute in some way to the public good and the well-being of our humanity.
Next time before you cut down a tree, think about planting two others in replacement of the one you will cut.
“Be the change you want to see and let’s save our planet.”
Here a list of trees benefits that I found interesting (from https://www.treepeople.org/tree-benefits).
- Trees combat climate change
- Trees clean the air
- Trees conserve energy
- Trees help prevent water pollution
- Trees help prevent soil erosion
- Trees provide food
- Trees heal
- Trees mark the seasons
- Trees bring diverse groups of people together
- Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife…