Over this holiday weekend, both Canada and the United States are celebrating their birthdays. Among the many things these two nations share is a dependence on their forests—which have played a key role in their growth and prosperity.
The world’s forests already have a lot on their plate: Providing flood protection, drinking water purification, lumber, and recreation, plus habitat for about half the world’s mammals, birds and insects.
“My mother was an urbanite who would sometimes get upset when my father and I talked about how pretty a tree was,” recalls Ebonie Alexander. “I remember her saying, ‘It’s a tree. They all look alike.’”
Before you choose a particular box of chocolates or a certain greeting card, ask yourself where in the world it came from. Same goes for other gifts, whether your true love happens to love coffee, tea, new clothes, or camping gear.