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Arbor Day: Grateful for TREES

Image of tree with saying "today is hug a tree day (Arbor Day) you know what to do.
“today is hug a tree day (Arbor Day) you know what to do.

As I walk through the forests in the Santa Cruz mountains, I often stop to thank the trees and give them grateful hugs. Yes, I admit it, I am a tree hugger. Are you? There is a symbiotic relationship between people and trees – we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Trees, on the other hand, take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere.

Arbor Day is a special occasion that invites us to express gratitude for the abundant gifts of nature, particularly the majestic trees that adorn our landscapes and enrich our lives in countless ways. It’s a time to pause and reflect on the importance of trees, not only for their beauty but also for their vital role in sustaining life on Earth.

As we celebrate Arbor Day, we are reminded of the immense benefits that trees provide to our planet and to humanity. From purifying the air we breathe to providing habitat for wildlife, from mitigating climate change to enhancing the beauty of our surroundings, trees are truly invaluable assets to our communities.

Gratitude lies at the heart of Arbor Day, inspiring us to cherish and care for the trees that grace our neighborhoods, parks, and forests. It’s a day to come together as stewards of the environment, to plant trees, to nurture their growth, and to ensure their longevity for generations to come.

Arbor Day also serves as a poignant reminder of our interconnectedness with the natural world and our responsibility to protect and preserve it. By cultivating a spirit of gratitude for the wonders of nature, we can deepen our commitment to environmental conservation and create a more sustainable future for all.

So, as we celebrate Arbor Day, let us not only plant trees but also plant seeds of gratitude for the bountiful blessings of the natural world. Together, let us nurture a world where trees flourish, and gratitude abounds.