Public Domain USDA via Wikipedia Planting trees is one of the most effective things we can do to fight climate change. Today is Arbor Day, which is not a big big deal anymore, and isn’t celebrated everywhere, but it really should be. The American holiday was founded by J. Sterling Morton, who wrote: To preserve beauty on the earth, beauty herself beseeches us to plant trees, and renew dead landscapes with the shadow and light of plant life flitting through the pendant limbs, the willowy boughs and the waving foliage of sturdy, yet graceful woods. Our ancestors planted orchards to fruit for us, and homes to give us shelter. Teddy Roosevelt liked the idea and promoted it, noting “a people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless.” Franklin Roosevelt’s Conservation Corps planted three billion trees as a way of putting people to work during the Great Depression, writing: "The overwhelming majority of unemployed Americans, who are now walking the streets and receiving private or public relief, would infinitely prefer to work. We can take a vast army of these unemployed out into healthful surroundings." That would be considered costly and socialist […]


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