The Untamed Science team is working to help protect our planet Earth in one way or another. They ask, “What’s Your Place?” A simple question with a complex answer.
Their aim is to inspire others. The video was from 2010 but the message is still relevant anytime.
My place? I am proud to plant trees. Lots of trees. Trees are lasting, good for us and the environment, they clean the air we breathe, and they create a place of beauty. Because they live a long time, trees are planted as living memorials to loved ones.
I have a job that lets me specify lots of trees and for many different places and occasions. And not just because they are pretty, but because they serve. By properly placing a tree around a building, it can reduce air conditioning needs by about 30 percent, and they can save up to 50 percent (more likely in the range of 20% to 30% by reducing winter wind infiltration, among other factors) in energy for heating too.
Trees provide privacy, frame views, screen out objectionable views and noise pollution. They reduce glare, reflection and cool the area in which they grow. They soften, enhance and complement your architecture. They reduce storm runoff by storing water for their own needs, also aid in reducing flooding. Frost is reduced under trees because radiant energy is stored in the soil in those areas at night. This helps your other plants because radiant energy is released for those plants when they need it most.
These are things that my job demands of trees and I have to consider when specifying trees for sites. Phew, that’s a lot of service, but there is more, much more.
In cities, trees moderate the heat-island effect caused by road surfaces, pedestrian pavement and commercial buildings, making for more comfortable city conditions for those that live, work and do business. In all areas, cities and countryside alike, trees provide for wildlife. And wildlife provides for us in the circle of life. Trees serve and I am thankful they do. Without trees, we would not exist, period.
I have a blog to educate about trees and inspire others as well. I like to think my blog has something useful, relevant and inspiring to say each and every day.
Individuals planting trees is a little part in the grand scheme of things, but, be a Johnny Appleseed yourself and spread the wealth of trees. A little times many equals a lot. And heavens knows, trees are lost at alarming rates everyday to make way for development and human sprawl, so every tree we plant that cannot be removed by someone else is a blessing to the environment and us a species. Melodramatic… yes but NO.
Earth Day is awareness, but it is also a call for action. It is what we do all year, every day and each hour. It is a time to invest in community, a time to be a considerate citizen of our planet. So…
What is Your Place?
In my line of work, I try to find inspiration in the character of place. Trees create character.
Make sure to see my series on Inspiration. Each post has a way to be inspired or to inspire others.