Treeless America: The New Normal?

Has anyone noticed that there isn’t a lot of discussion around the topic of “trees?” Can one imagine texting or talking on their cell phone with the conversation around trees? It’s not like it’s the hot topic of the day! Most conversations revolve around work, family or the latest gossip. Trees are such a “non-issue” to most people. Yet, has anyone noticed that we are losing our trees at a very rapid pace? Now, this may seem like a small issue to most people, but isn’t this part of the problem? In other words, isn’t it time that we begin to raise our level of awareness of important environmental issues that affect all of us? For instance, there is a lot of new development taking place all around my state. As the population increases, so does the need for housing, roads and services. And all of this new development has many negative consequences that come right along with it. To be specific, they are clear-cutting trees like it’s just the “normal” thing to do. After all, it does keep the economy moving. But the bigger question should be at what cost to our environment? Do the benefits outweigh the consequences? Is there any thought given to long-term negative consequences to our planet? In my opinion, I believe these are very valid issues that need to be considered before we reach the point of no return. It may sound alarming, but maybe that’s what is needed here. Moreover, do we really want to look at shopping centers, industrial parks and cookie cutter houses on a daily basis? Wouldn’t it be so much nicer to see and hear nature? Not only does nature provide aesthetic beauty, but also all of us are aware that trees help clean our air. They provide habitat for our wildlife. Isn’t quality of life so much more important than convenience? Do we really need another fast-food restaurant on every corner? If we continue to see the planet as the next generations problem to deal with then we are not being good stewards. Nonetheless, we need to first raise our level of awareness and acknowledge that we do have a problem. And if the issue of environmental destruction doesn’t sound like a topic that needs discussing then perhaps the problem lies in there. Isn’t it time that we turn our attention to issues that need our attention? These are issues that all of us should care about. When we become aware then we become empowered to bring about change.

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Compassion motivates and inspires me. Whether it’s compassion for animals, the environment, or people–I embrace it. I try to live a compassionate life each and everyday. It gives me purpose.
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10 Responses to Treeless America: The New Normal?

  1. Mari says:

    Trees gives me so much (totally free) joy!

    The rate at which we destroy our world is really alarming, and it seems that the things that disappear first are the most beautiful.

    Well written post!

    • Thanks so much for the comment! It’s nice to know that others care about our planet too. After all, we are all a part of something greater than ourselves. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Michaela Blom says:

    I love these posts you do! More people need to become aware of what we continuously doing to destroy the environment… the advancement of our societies is doing this. We depend so much on nature, yet we are the ones destroying it.

    Keep up the great posts!

    • Thanks for taking time to make a comment! It is so wonderful to know that others like yourself are enjoying my blog! Also, it’s a great feeling to know that others share the love for our environment. I hope that you will visit again soon!!

  3. Hi, Donna. Thanks for the reply. Just like you , I love nature and their gifts to us. It saddens me how a lot of our fellow humans abused it for their personal interests . I believe that trees are like our link to life itself. The air we breath, the climate and weather, the very environment that we now enjoy. But slowly it’s dying and with that comes the increasing global warming, the natural disasters and calamities , etc. I hope to have my son someday see God’s natural wonders when he gets older but for all our children to have that chance, it’s all up to us to see to it that mother nature is preserved. Thank you for making a difference in this world!

    • So nicely said! I am hopeful that people will understand how interconnected we are to our environment before it’s too late. If we destroy our environment, then we destroy ourselves. The choices we make today can have far reaching consequences for generations to come. After all, “nature” truly is a blessing that we can’t take for granted. Anyway, I really do appreciate your comment!

  4. I love trees. One of the things I love about Connecticut is that we have an abundance of wooded areas and there are many homes nestled in the woods. We do have suburbs and tracts, of course, but not as many as in some areas of the country. We have so many trees that they are being blamed for massive power outages we had in the Halloween Nor’easter. But I still love them!

    “In the country
    It seems as if every tree
    Said to me ‘Holy! Holy!’
    Who can ever express
    The ecstasy of the woods!
    Almighty One,
    In the woods I am blessed.
    Happy every one in the woods.
    Every tree speaks through Thee.
    O God! What glory in the woodland.”
    ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

    • I absolutely love that beautiful poem Barbara! Thanks so much for sharing it here. Trees do bring us so much joy and happiness (not to mention helps clean the air that we breathe). You are fortunate to live in such a “tree friendly” state. I’m glad to hear that there is an abundance of trees where you live. This time of year must be pure heaven with all the splendid autumn colors. Also, I hope that things are getting close to normal again up there. Those nor’easters must be a real challenge. Unfortunately, we get the hurricanes here in Florida. People say that it’s the price we pay for living in paradise. I just need to remind myself of that during the hurricanes! Anyway, thanks Barbara for making my day with that lovely poem. 🙂

  5. jakesprinter says:

    I agree with this topic Doc this one might be the problem here the cause of big floods that kill -people lives 🙂

    • Thanks very much Jake for your insightful comment! You really made an excellent point with regard to floods. I can’t imagine not having any trees left, and mountains are especially vulnerable to flooding. When it rains, it just washes all the topsoil away without trees. The soil and rocks underneath fall and crumble resulting in landslides. Bare mountains can’t absorb all that rainwater. And it’s a shame when people lose their lives because of it. Hopefully, we are beginning to realize the importance of saving our trees. Anyway, I always appreciate your comments Jake. 🙂

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