No? Why ever not? You have no tree to greet? Sure you have a tree! If your tree does not grow in your own backyard it might grow in your neighbor’s backyard. Your tree can grow at the corner of your street, or even in a public park like the Boston Common, the oldest city park in the United States. If you are a Bostonian walking through this park on your way to work or shopping, you might be drawn to a particular tree which you like more than the others. That might be “your” tree. Of course, you might share it with many others.
So, greet your tree! No excuses for not greeting your tree today!
Why should you greet your tree? To show your affection and your respect.
You are aware of what a tree does for you, right?
Trees create oxygen, clean the air, clean the soil, and absorb carbon dioxide. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four! Without oxygen you cannot live. You might survive lack of food or water for a few days but lack of oxygen will kill you within minutes.
One tree can absorb as much carbon dioxide in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles. Over the course of its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide – much to be grateful for, right?
“But still,” you might ask, “greeting a tree is nonsense. A tree would not even know if I greet him”. Not true. A tree is alive like you. A tree is aware like you. Differently aware, not like a human being – but still aware. A tree you pass by frequently is aware of you and will enjoy your loving kindness.
Your tree – or all trees – can become your friend. Greet your tree today!