Well, not exactly, but trees do equal: oxygen production; food and habitat for insects, birds, mammals, and other creatures; beauty; life; forests; planetary well-being; shade; totemic symbolism; real-world awesomeness; forage for bees and other pollinators; sanctuary; and more.
Tropical forests, in particular, can be described as the "lungs" of the earth, converting vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the oxygen on which we all depend. The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one such "lung"—and it's in deep trouble now, having been deforested to within an inch of its life.
The Nature Conservancy—one of the best environmental groups I know of—has launched a campaign to save the Atlantic forest through a massive effort that will result in the planting of 1 billion trees in this ecologically important forest.
I've been a card-carrying member of the Nature Conservancy for many years, and I am continually impressed by their good and important work. In that spirit, I'm inviting the readers of Global Swarming Honeybees to join me in planting 100 trees in this vast reforestation effort. $1 plants 1 tree. How's that for a bargain?!
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"What have I done but wander with my eyes in the trees?"—Allen Ginsberg (from "A Desolation")