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Plant a tree

Make like a tree and breathe.

Who doesn’t love trees? So pretty, so shady, so shelter-y. And: so essential.

Trees are nature’s air filtration system. They absorb carbon from our atmosphere, and release sweet, sweet oxygen in exchange. If trees had a LinkedIn profile, their bio would casually #humblebrag about how we’re all alive and breathing because of their hard work.

So get out your shovel, and get planting. A single tree provides a home to a whole range of living things including mammals, reptiles, birds and smaller organisms like insects, fungi and other plants. Planting native seedlings over European varieties ensures endangered species have access to their preferred food supply and habitat.

And if you’ve ever had a bad day, hugging a tree is a legitimate way to improve mental and physical well-being. The hippies were right. Us humans are biophilic creatures. Connecting with nature is proven to reduce blood pressure, the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

And to top it all off, every new tree helps combat air pollution, water pollution, climate change, soil erosion, habitat degradation, and pretty much sustains all life on earth. All thanks to the awesome power of trees.

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