On this website, you’ll
- Celebrate trees. Be amazed by what trees can do, and what they do for people.
- Learn holistic ways to help trees thrive.
- Protect trees at risk in your own backyard, in the community, and on earth.
- Be inspired by what others are doing and by what you can do!
Here are 10 Simple Ways to Be A Tree Protector!
#1 Love Trees
That feeling of appreciation in your heart when you see a beautiful tree or take a walk in a park is first and foremost. Open your heart to them. Send them caring feelings and good wishes. That way, they will ‘know’ that you are on their side, that they have an ally. And you will feel good in the warmth of your own loving feelings.
#2 Go for Walks; Really See Trees
Go out into Nature. Go for walks in your neighborhood or a local park. Be quiet. Look at the trees. Yes, really look at them closely. Don’t take them for granted. Look at trees in detail and begin to see their differences. You don’t have to know their names. See the fine points of their trunks or leaves. Yes, they are different heights, but see the unique patterns in their branches. People aren’t all the same; neither are trees.
#3 Recognize Trees as Living Beings
Once you open your heart and look at them closely, it is only natural to recognize trees as living Beings. Just because they don’t have a face, arms, or legs doesn’t mean that they aren’t alive. They grow. They branch. They leaf-out. And, they die. So, admit that they are as alive as you are! Just different.
#4 Celebrate Trees
Honor trees when you walk by them. Join with other people to appreciate all the good that trees give to humanity. Praise trees for shade in summer, their green lush beauty, the oxygen they breathe out, the carbon dioxide they breathe in, their screening attributes, …. to name a few. Have a little party with your children or friends under a tree and thank it for giving you a pleasant and safe place to be.
#5 Plant Trees
But plant the right tree in the right place, the right way. Don’t just plant what you think looks good. TreeProtector.org points you to the resources you’ll need in order to plant the tree that will survive, thrive, and contribute to the total environment. As the saying goes, “Great people are ones who plant trees whose shade they may never sit under.”
#6 Come From the Tree’s Point of View
You have a point of view, a perspective about life that is your own. It’s how you perceive your world. Your point of view is also probably human-centric. Unwittingly, people think of most things from the mindset of being a person. It’s natural. But, when you are with a tree, try coming from that tree’s point of view. Think about what its life is like: rooted in one place, making its own food, going through the seasonal cycles, experiencing extremes, and living with other organisms. That’s coming from the tree’s point of view and being tree-centric. Tree Protectors can put themselves in a tree’s roots, understand, and change behaviors.
#7 Do Holistic Tree Care
Just as you would want to care for yourself with pure air and water, clean nutrients, low stress, and the freedom to be—trees need those same things. While conventional tree-care approaches and products have value at the right times, it’s the holistic approaches that keep trees in healthy inner functionality and dynamic balance within their environment.
Don’t assume that because trees are green then they are healthy. They may be stressed in ways you don’t see. Find a list of tree stressors at TreeProtector.org. TreeWhispering.com inspires and informs about holistic and complementary approaches.
#8 Join the Millions of People who Talk TO and WITH Trees
Go on. Go out in your backyard or find a quiet corner of a park. Walk slowly or stand under a tree for a moment and whisper to it in your heart: tell it that you appreciate it for its beauty, the oxygen it makes, or something! Talk about anything: unburden your feelings or express your ideas. That’s talking TO trees. Millions of people already do it. It’s satisfying but it’s a one-way communication.
Try having a 2-way conversation. Every living Being has a kind of innate intelligence. Nature has a deep wisdom. Trees have inner spirits that bring forth their existence. You can open your inner hearing or inner knowing to receive a tree’s message to you.
It’s not your imagination. The essences within trees use the symbolic interpretation, intuitive sensitivity, and sensory instruments of your body to convey their meanings. More on how to talk WITH trees can be found at TreeWhispering.com.
#9 Open Up Dinner Conversations
When the chat gets dull, ask your friends “Do you have a favorite tree? How do you feel when you are with that tree?” or “Did you go to a special tree when you were a child?” Share your story, and you’ll be surprised, someone will have another wonderful story. That’ll get people reminiscing and feeling good. You could also ask “Have you ever felt that tree was trying to tell you something?”
Try sharing some of the stories about the amazing trees and other Tree Protectors like you on TreeProtector.org. Pull out your smartphone, go to the site, and show the photos!
#10 Speak FOR Trees
If you are sad about the state of your backyard’s ecosystem, begin to apply these 10 simple ways to be a Tree Protector. You can turn your backyard into a zone of dynamic balance and good habitat for all creatures. Resources are available at TreeProtector.org.
Be a tree advocate. When trees are threatened in your neighborhood, sign a petition or go to city hall and register your opinion. Be brave: join or lead the efforts to save those trees. Don’t take “no” for an answer. There are ways to turn around people’s minds, change laws, alter behavior, and come up with reasonable alternatives. Become a Tree Protector Hero! Lists of resources are available at TreeProtector.org.
If you want local or regional environments—or the global biosphere—to become more livable and to support future human generations in health and prosperity, speak FOR trees and speak FOR the ecosystems they belong to.
Many groups—including TreeProtector.org, CooperativeBioBalance.org, TreeWhispering.com—are doing good and reversing damage. Don’t give up, even if you feel resigned. With courage and kindness, you CAN make all the difference.