It’s Earth Day! Hope You Do Something Green to Celebrate- I am going for a walk in the forest.
- Forests cover one third of the earth’s land and absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide making them a major instrument in mitigating climate change.
- They absorb airborne impurities and give off oxygen allowing us to breathe clean air.
- Forests protect our watersheds and provide us with clean water.
- They are home to the majority of the world’s terrestrial species, and many people around the world—1.6 billion according to the World Wildlife Fund—depend on forests for their livelihoods.
The wise use of the world’s forests is critical to our survival and a healthy environment. Forests are vital in maintaining life as we know it.
As can be seen on the above Two Sides infographic:
- Wood from well-managed forests is a sustainable resource that is renewable, recyclable and can be planted, grown, harvested and replanted.
- Most paper is made using wood by-products (chips) from the lumber industry and recycled paper rather than whole trees which are typically used for lumber production.
- Forests in the U.S and Canada grow significantly more wood than is harvested each year.
After my I walk in the forest, I am going to plant my American Plum tree that I got at a community Earth Day celebration last weekend. I hope you do something green to celebrate Earth Day too!
Phil Riebel’s Earth Day Request: Cut the Anti-paper Greenwashing!
Because “save a tree” requests are misleading. All products and services have pros and cons. Paper and electronics can co-exist, and in some cases, like the the mapping industry, when used together, increase function and value.
I am ticked off at my bank, utilities and telecom providers for saying “go green – go paperless.”
I’ve had it with my bank and all the other companies that are bashing paper products to promote electronic billing, statements and other e-services. Yes…I’ve finally lost it.
To my bank and other providers out there who are doing this:
You are damaging my livelihood and you are misleading people with greenwashing so that you can cut costs. Please be honest.
I am your customer and I have spent the last 25 years of my life working in the forest and paper industry. This industry has allowed me to lead a good life, raise a great family together with my wife, and provide a good education for my children.
I buy your products and services: banking…
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