We are in need of trees. They are how we breathe. Their mass destruction in numerous rain forests and is tantamount to suffocation. Suffocation of all species. Please plant trees in your place. Invite your family to plant trees in their places. Invite your neighbors to plant trees. Invite your communities to plant trees — your social and your political communities. Please.
These are almost all local, urban or suburban trees. Local to my purview or, in one case, travel. It is life that comes through photosynthesis, and through fungi. Many fungi are also associated with trees because they are linked into the tree roots. The association benefits both the fungi and the trees. This particular type of association between fungi and the roots of plants such as trees, is known as a mycorrhiza .
“The forests are the flags of nature. They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings. Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten. It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.”
– Enos A. Mills (Enos Abijah Mills (April 22, 1870 – September 21, 1922) was an American naturalist, author and homesteader. He was the main figure behind the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park)
And here’s the biggest danger from the Amazon rain forest burning. It could self destruct. Because as they burn they emit carbon dioxide. It is their function to counter the emission of carbon dioxide by emitting oxygen and ingesting the carbon dioxide. When they have burned, they (1) emitted a lot of carbon dioxide, as this is what fire does, it swallows oxygen, and (2) they are not there anymore to make oxygen and offset carbon dioxide. Plant trees!!
Like all other entities, trees have a better life when in community. Plant like trees or complementary trees if you can, and trees that are indigenous to the place where you are planting them.