About the Importance of Planting Trees

–      The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. (US Department of Agriculture). Planting trees close to the walls and windows of your house will diminish the need of cooling.

–      Cooling/heating can account for 55 % of the total electricity consumed by a house (energetically greedy). One AC consumes as much electricity as 12 normal light or 25 economical lights! Cooling and heating are a non-negligible cause of Global Warming.

–      The best way to sustain nature and biodiversity is to plant a variety of native trees in your garden (or on your balcony). Trees native to Lebanon include: olives, pines, cypress, almonds, apricots, carobs, figs, lemons, oranges… It is very easy to plant most of them: you can pick a seed and plant it in a pot, wait around one/two years and plant it in the earth. Nothing equals the satisfaction of seeing one’s own plant growing, and making flowers and fruits. Otherwise you can buy trees at low costs in trees nurseries outside Beirut.

–      Have you heard about the Colony Collapse Disorder (extinction of the bees)? One of its causes is the use of insecticides on flowers by farmers. Here follows a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “If the bees disappear from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.”  Even if it is an exaggeration (which we can’t tell for sure) it is yet another reason to encourage us to plant trees (in particular flowering trees: almonds, oranges, eucalyptus…) in our gardens/balconies, without using insecticides!

Did you know?

“While bees all over the world are dying in hoards, hives are sprouting up all over Paris’s rooftops, balconies, parks and gardens. Fewer pesticides and a wider variety of plants and trees are helping bee colonies thrive there.”

We have the power to do a change around us!!

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  1. April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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