In a world so desperate for trees, what are we doing cutting down live trees for an outdated tradition such as the Christmas tree? We are loosing hundred of acres of trees every day due to wildfires, over-harvesting and development and here we are cutting even MORE down for no good reason? People are really stupid.
People are also stupid enough to believe that for every Christmas tree they buy, another will be planted in its place. This does not always happen. Also, these trees are harvested when they reach a certain height. An acre of Christmas trees does not have the beenficial environmental impact as an acre of old growth forest. In a world where there is not enough fertile land for food and practically nothing left for wildlife, a Christmas tree farm is not the best use of our resources.
We Need All The Trees We Can Get
Trees hold onto water through their root systems, which helps prevent floods, erosion and the destruction they cause. They provide shade and homes for endangered and not-so-endangered animals, birds and insects. But most importantly, they make oxygen. It’s only the big old trees that take years or even decades to grow that help out wildlife and our soil.
Just look at Haiti to see the effects of deforestation. Although deforestation certainly was not responsible for the terrible earthquake of January, 2010, there is no fertile topsoil left. There are only 2% of the original forests left to hold onto rainwater, according to the the UK’s Telegraph. As a result, rainwater has washed away fertile soil and any buildings or roads on top of that soil.
Plants are the only thing that can reliably and economically make oxygen. Without oxygen, you won’t live very long. By cutting down live trees for ridiculous purposes like a silly out-moded holiday, we are merely choking ourselves slowly to death. We also are loosing our fertile topsoil because there aren’t enough tree roots to keep it from being washed away in floods or rain. So, we’re going to wind up starving ourselves, which might be a moot point since we won’t be able to breathe.
Once upon a time, there were so many trees, we thought they could never end. We used them for anything at all, because there was a seemingly limitless supply of them. According to Auburn University, the first Christmas trees were thought up by the Germans of the fourteenth century. By the Victorian era, every home in the Western world had to have a Christmas tree or you’d be laughed at because you did not keep up with the Christmas decoration fashion.
Now, we are paying the price for such stupidity. But the price won’t be paid in full until our grandchildren’s time. They will suffer from lack of trees, lack of topsoil and lack of oxygen. Trees are worth far more than gold for their ability to keep us alive.
Cutting down live trees for Christmas or any other holiday should be illegal and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Trees are far more important to just use as holiday decorations. You don’t have to stop celebrating Christmas (if you celebrate it at all), just don’t use any live tree, or any kind of tree at all. Christmas is supposed to be about getting together with family and friends and not about following holiday fashions.
University of Michigan. “Deforestation — The Choice: Doomsday or Arbor Day.” http://www.umich.edu/~gs265/society/deforestation.htm
Auburn University. “History of the Christmas Tree.” http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/christmastreehistory.html
HowStuffWorks. “How Rainforests Work.” http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/rainforest5.htm
The Telegraph. “Haiti Cholera Outbreak: Country Factfile.” 17 Nov., 2010. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/haiti/8140452/Haiti-cholera-outbreak-country-factfile.html