If you look out the window while you’re reading this, chances are you will see a tree. In a place like Lincoln, Nebraska, trees are plentiful, and their benefits are often overlooked or taken for granted. One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen, enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people (USDA). The planting of trees means improved water quality, with less runoff and erosion, and more recharge of groundwater. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams (USDA Forest Service).
In a place like Tanzania, the deforestation around Mt. Kilimanjaro is considered a major driver of increased heat and reduced moisture on the mountain. In the last 100 years, the glaciers of Kilimanjaro have shrunk by a shocking 92% and could be gone completely as soon as 2020. The people who rely on the waters of Kilimanjaro for their survival don’t have the luxury of abundant trees we have in Lincoln.
The good news is we can help. First Lutheran is committed to raising funds to plant at least 5,000 trees in Tanzania, helping reduce the carbon load on Kilimanjaro. You will plant 2 trees for every $1 you give to this effort. The Creation Care team’s goal is to have our $2,500 gift raised by December 3, 2017.
God has made us the stewards of His great creation. Each of us is responsible for caring for our Earth. How many trees will YOU plant?