Trees & Biodiversity, In Honour of Earth Day

By NaturalMommy Founder, Siobhan Bonisteel

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” The Lorax by Dr. Suess

I have always been in a sort of awe of trees. They seem like they know something, yet they are still and silent. There is something ancient and wise about them. They help us to be calm and feel connected to our natural surroundings. I often notice my young son and his friends looking up at a tree blowing in the breeze, just mesmerized. They all seem to possess an innate attraction to trees, even as infants.

I recently read a piece by Nicole Dufraine published on thegreenstudent.ca. The piece is titled The Human-Tree Connection and explores data that illustrates how the loss of a significant amount of trees drastically affected those who lived near them, so much so that the data collected suggests that, “the loss of trees across 15 states in the study area contributed to an additional 6113 deaths related to respiratory illness and 15,080 deaths related to cardiovascular diseases…loss of trees resulted in increased mortality rates among local residents suffering from cardiovascular and lower respiratory system diseases across the United States.” Continue reading