Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Plant a tree
If only we had a machine that could turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. What a marvellous leap forward that would be in the fight against climate change. Ideally this machine would not only produce oxygen. It would also act as a kind of scrubber -a filter of the atmosphere, which nowadays contains all kinds of nasty stuff, such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. And this machine would need to be easy on the eye, too.
See where we're going with this? The miraculous machine already exists -no patents pending. It is known as a "tree." Planting one, or two, or six trees, is among the most important steps you can take to help purify the air we breathe. Trees Ontario, a nonprofit corporation founded in 1994, is dedicated to helping you do just that. And now Sun Media, Canada's largest newspaper chain and the publisher of this newspaper, is putting its shoulder to the wheel. In addition to helping through its newspaper and websites to raise awareness of Trees Ontario's vitally important work, Sun Media will also match, twice over, every dollar that the agency applies towards marketing its planting programs.
"Trees are vitally important to our environment," said Sun Media chief executive Michael Sifton. "This partnership will help us make a difference in all the locations in Ontario where Sun Media newspapers are helping to connect and build better communities."
The painting is by Laura Tasheiko