“He is risen,” is a mantra to hold in your heart as well as voice to the world. To all Christians who have lived in the past or are now present, and for those yet to have a life on Earth in the future, Jesus still gives us love
New Harmony’s Women’s Institute & Gallery has a Jungian reading group. The book now being read is Like A Tree by Jean Shinoda Bolen. In it, the author speaks of Easter Island and how, after a prosperous time on the island with enough time to carve those humongous heads, the culture died and the island was deserted. Why did this happen?
Easter Island is 66 square miles. When first populated, the island was dense with forests. The new inhabitants needed wood for fires and building. They needed to clear the land in order to grow crops. When every single tree was gone, the people could no longer survive. Could that be our fate on island Earth?
What brought about this pondering is that insignificant toilet paper roll. It is the only part of that item which can be recycled and I wondered just how many trees we could save by recycling it. Little did I know I was opening a Pandora’s Box of astounding information. But I never did find the information I was first seeking.
Each American uses up to and perhaps more than one hundred rolls of toilet paper a year. This amounts to at least 400 trees being cut every year to manufacture the product. What is your age and how many trees have you eliminated? I figure at my age that I have destroyed at least 30,000 trees.
Toilet paper is used all over the world with the exception of impoverished countries and people. With over 7 billion people on the planet (reduce the amount by a billion for mathematical fairness, if you wish) how many trees are cut each year to make toilet paper? Mind boggling!
Double sheet, soft, fluffy toilet paper can only be made with newly cut virgin trees. The single sheet, non-fluffy type can be made from recycled paper and breaks down better for sewer and septic systems. You know, without my saying I am sure, that Americans use more toilet paper than any other country. This is not adding the trees which must be harvested for office and computer paper, newspapers, wrapping paper, paper cups and plates, etc.
For goodness sakes, I am not advocating abstaining from the use of this product! I am only trying to bring about an awareness of how the mass of humanity is deleting the resources God has provided. Trees are our sisters. They give us the tons of fresh oxygen we breathe, provide shelter and homes for wildlife. They cleanse the pollutants from the air. Trees provide unsurpassed beauty as harbingers of the seasons. If you have a large tree near your home, you are blessed with the ambient cooling of the shade. You have a passive air conditioner without power bills.
May you find it in your heart to take the time to recycle and plant a tree. One tree does not replace 30,000 but it is a start. May you rejoice in the resurrection of Christ the King! A blessed Easter and Earth Day to you. May your appreciation of Jesus help in your commitment to our island home.
©Ann Rains April, 2019
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