Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Have you been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe yet?  This is one of the top attractions for the North Shore in my opinion.  The North Shore's Botanic Gardens are not only beautiful, but they also have so much to offer in terms of educating us all about trees and plants.  
While at the gardens the other day, I learned that by 2050, the world could lose tens of thousands of plant species—with some estimates predicting a loss of up to one-third of the world's plant species (about 150,000).
In the United States alone, we risk losing 25 percent of the plant species that exist today. Of the millions of acres of native Midwest prairie that existed years ago, only a tiny fraction remains today. These fragments are in danger of disappearing completely, and with them, the birds, insects, and other animals that depend on them. Including us.
The disappearance of one single species is a lost opportunity: a chemical or genetic answer that could solve a medical problem or change the way we live.


Why does this matter to us?  We should all care about what happens to the plants and this is why...
We rely on plants for everything that sustains life: Air. Food. Clothing. Shelter. Clean Water. Medicine. While this is a seemingly obvious fact, it is one that most people do not realize. 


There are many factors that are driving the endangerment of plants. Agriculture, urbanization, invasive species, pollution, and global warming have all played a role. A global assessment of data since 1970 has shown that it is likely that anthropogenic (human-caused) warming that has had a discernable influence on the many physical and biological systems.
The world is warming up and we humans are to blame. Our impact on this earth is having profound repercussions, changing the planet as we know it.

What great information!  We all need to be aware of how we treat the earth and the repercussions to our actions.  Take care of your trees and plants.  For assistance, advice, and overall tree care, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. at www.treesrusinc.com or call us at 847-913-9069.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. provides quality tree care and tree maintenance to the north shore of Chicago and its surrounding north and northwest suburbs.  Trees "R" Us, Inc is a tree service that provides quality tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding and plant health care among other services.

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