Breathing with the trees
Did you know that the average tree produces enough oxygen to keep a family of four breathing for a year? Isn’t that amazing! That is why it is so important that we live in harmony with nature, with the trees, and that we nurture them rather than destroying them. They are essential to keep our planet healthy.
We should keep in mind how important trees are when we are using paper or cardboard and not use more than we need. Think before you print! Another consideration is toilet paper. Do you use just enough or a great big wad!? Try to buy recycled paper, card and toilet paper.
So this week’s activity is to go for a walk in the woods and find leaves from some of our most common trees. There are images below to help you. Bring your leaves home and make a picture with them, or older kids could make a poster about looking after our trees. Take a photo of your creations and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Genesis 1:11-12. Very early on in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, we find that trees are mentioned. Not just one variety of tree, but various kinds. They are not mentioned just for their beauty, but because each gave fruit with seeds in it. They were given for us to use. This shows God’s generosity to us in abundance and variety. Some seeds produced oil that could be used for cooking and lighting, medicinal purposes, and for beauty treatments. Fruit and seeds provided food. We can add to this list: shade, wind breaks, habitats for animals, building and construction materials, sweet perfumed trees and incense. And God saw that it was good! In Genesis 2:8-9, we see that God planted a garden, and in Genesis 2:15, he gave Adam the responsibility to tend it – which means to manage it properly. Adam was ‘to care for it’. Trees need caring for so that they bear fruit and benefit mankind, contributing to our overall welfare.