Make your own free website on Tripod.com

default.jpg

Billion Tree Campaign

Home
Rebus Recipe
Brownie Dominos
Cooking
Christian Themed
Teacher Made
Earthworm Habitat
A Big Mouth!
Wish I thought of That!
Parents' Guide to Mortifying Moments
You Might Be a Teacher If....
Take a Look
Ways Teachers Motivate
Dramatic Play
Billion Tree Campaign
To Whom It May Concern,

plant_logo_english.gif

"The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments will be encouraged to enter tree planting pledges on this website with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007"

As of Today March 3 2007 a toatal of  565,296,834 trees have been pledged to be planted. As you can see they are now past the half way mark.
 
So I would like to encourage everyone to make a pledge and plant some trees!! To make a pledge click on the logo at the top of the page.
Just imagine if every child pledged to plant a tree, it wouldn't be long before the billion tree goal was reached. 
 
Check with your town, city, or state to see if they offer a tree give away program. Where I live the city encourages people to keep the city beautiful by planting trees and they give out seedlings for free to those that request it.

Fast Facts

1.


Trees include the largest and longest living organisms on earth.

2.

Millions of hectares and billions of trees have to be planted to stabilize soil and water resources  and to meet fuel wood needs.

3.

To make up for the loss of trees in the past decade, we would need to plant 130 million hectares (or 1.3 million km2), an area as large as Peru.

4.

Covering the equivalent of 130 million hectares would entail planting approximately 14 billion trees every year for 10 consecutive years.  This would require each person to plant and care for at least two seedlings a year.

5.

Rehabilitating tens of millions of hectares of degraded land and reforesting the Earth is necessary to restore and maintain the productivity of soil and water resources.

6.

Expanding tree cover on denuded lands will reduce pressures on remaining primary forests, helping to preserve habitats and to safeguard the Earth’s biological diversity. It will also mitigate the building of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

7.

Article 3.3 of the Kyoto Protocol specifically calls for the maintenance of forests by afforestation and reforestation, and by controlling deforestation.

8.

Humans have contributed to carbon dioxide emissions in two ways: by burning fossil fuels and by converting forestlands to other uses.

9.

Rainforests cover only 7 per cent of the land on earth but they contain nearly half of all the trees on earth.  They generate about 40 per cent of the world’s oxygen.

10.

In one year, an average tree inhales 12 kilograms (26 pounds) of CO2 and exhales enough oxygen for a family of four for a year.

11.

One hectare of trees can absorb 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

12.

A long haul flight will produce 3.75 tonnes of CO2. (or one tonne of carbon)

13.

Agroforestry programmes make trees more accessible and spread their benefits more widely.  Trees on farms often yield more biomass. Nitrogen-fixing trees planted in shelterbelts or interspersed with crops can enhance soil fertility, increase soil moisture and reduce erosion.

14.

Agroforestry systems contribute simultaneously to buffering farmers against climate variability and to reducing atmospheric loads of greenhouse gases.

15. The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) recommends the planting of deciduous trees where water scarcity is a problem.  They consume less water than evergreens during critical periods of water shortage and compete less with crops. They shed their leaves between one to six months per year and adapt to long-term rainfall patterns. Deciduous species are suitable for semi-arid areas
16.

Deep roots anchor the tree and topsoil to deeper layers and increase the resistance to landslides and bank erosion under wet soil conditions. Horizontal roots bind soil and also reduce erosion.

17.

Aspirin originally came from the bark of a willow tree. Quinine, the cure for malaria, comes from the bark of Cinchona trees

Article focus of each newsletter is purely the thoughts and opinions of Brighteyes Learning except when noted otherwise. Any comments or opinions regarding content are always welcomed.
Every attempt has been made to give credit to original authors of poems and images. All images for rebus recipes are from free-graphics.com and or free clipart.com and are considered public domain from my original source. Christian themed activities and other content is  believed to be of public domain and contributed freely.  If you are the author of any work on this site please contact Brighteyes Learning at brighteyeslearning2@yahoo.com and we will immediately give credit or remove per your request. Permission was granted by Jim Gill for use of his songs for the sole purpose to promote his music and web site. Permission for use of Kaleidoscope songs provided by Alex Mitnick.The purpose of this newsletter site and its sister site Brighteyes Learning and Brighteyes Learning 2 is to provide a resource to early childhood educators and parents. The content here is free to use and may not be sold. 
All pictures of actual products retain their original copyright and by no means does Brighteyes Learning lay claim to these images. All other images/photos are of public domain and originals from Brighteyes Learning.  All rebus recipes have been adapted to fit the Brighteyes Learning2 rebus recipe format. All text recipes have been adapted from existing recipes, or are originals from Brighteyes Learning2. All activities are either Brighteyes Learning originals or have been adapted by Brighteyes Learning. If you have found any material on this site which is your original work please contact brighteyeslearning2@yahoo.com and either proper credit will be given or removed per your request