Planting Trees: Our Social and Corporate Responsibility

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The importance of our collective social and corporate responsibility to make the environment clean and green cannot be overstated. Planting trees not only beautifies our surroundings but also provides us with the vital oxygen (O2) we need to breathe. Regardless of our differences in color, race, or religion, we all share the same environment and rely on the same air. Therefore, it is our duty to take care of our environment.

Thomas Fuller said, “It is a blessed act to plant a tree, even if it be one day before the end of the world.” Even in times of warfare, it has been advised that fruit trees should not be harmed. Such is the significance of trees that they deserve care even during times of conflict.

Just like smiling, planting a tree is an act of charity. When we plant a tree, not only do we benefit from it, but also birds, animals, and every living being that derives advantages from it. The act of planting a tree is considered a charitable gift, as stated in the following teachings: “Planting trees is regarded as an act of charity (sadaqa) and the planter receives blessings from all those who benefit from it” and “If you plant a tree, or sow a field, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift for them.” [Bukhari, Muslim, H. No: 12]

According to Ahmad b. Hanbal, Musnad, IV, 61, “Whoever plants a tree and it matures, the Divine plants a tree in paradise for that person.” Furthermore, every single fruit consumed from a tree that we patiently maintain and tend to until its fruition is regarded by Allah as charity. These teachings emphasize the importance of caring for and being committed to planting trees.

Consider these facts about planting trees:

  • A ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, highlighting the need to encourage recycling practices to save trees.
  • One ream (500 sheets) of paper uses about 6% of a tree.
  • One tree can produce about 17 reams of copy paper.
  • A typical tree provides about 1,000 rolls of toilet paper, which is used by approximately 20 people within one year. Collectively, we are using more than 5 million trees just to wipe out our butts.
  • On average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
  • Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four.

To ensure the sustainability of our environment, it should be policy that if one tree needs to be cut down, at least five trees should be planted in its place. Public campaigns should be launched to raise awareness about the importance of planting trees, using various motivational tools. Planting trees and creating a green environment should be sponsored projects. Moreover, eco-friendly habits should be encouraged and promoted in all aspects of life.

In conclusion, planting trees is not only a responsibility but also a privilege. As we nurture and preserve the environment, we contribute to the well-being of all living beings and future generations. Let us embrace the act of planting trees as a way to give back to our planet and create a better world for ourselves and those to come.

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