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Let's All Plant Trees This Lohri




Lohri is a Punjabi festival celebrated in the Land of the Five Rivers to mark the approach of the end of winter. Sikhs in particular around the world carry on the tradition.

On this day people light bonfires outside their homes on in common areas within their communities, and roast peanuts, cashews, marshmallows, and of course popcorn.

But I believe that instead of using up firewood on Lohri, we should plant an indoor tree instead, because firewood uses up trees and without trees there would be no oxygen in this world.

Tree-planting is a great way to help preserve the environment and a great way to experience nature’s beauty. It helps reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide in the environment and helps raise our oxygen levels as well as our water levels in our ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans.

The forests have been aiding us in our survival for millennia. Now I believe it’s our turn to give back by planting trees worldwide.

So why not kick-off this year’s Lohri by helping the environment one tree at a time!

Not only will we help improve the atmosphere by planting a tree, we will also create a home for many little critters to dwell in. If you are reading this please spread the word because planting more than one tree in the same spot can actually help develop a healthy-looking ecosystem for many generations.

One of the eight millennium development goals of the United Nations Development Program in 2015 is to ensure environmental sustainability throughout the world and is ranked as the Number 7 priority. The only way we will be able to achieve that long-term goal is to start immediately.

To begin, our number 1 priority should be to plant as many trees as we can around the world as pollution levels can only decrease if more oxygen is produced.

Since a tree can eat up lots of Carbon Dioxide and help clean up our water, this is a great way to get rid of our pollution
and help close the ozone layer surrounding the Earth simultaneously.

So we should all stop talking about it and start planting.

Happy Lohri!


The author is a 13-year old Grade 8 student in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada.

January 8, 2011

Conversation about this article

1: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), January 08, 2012, 2:10 PM.

All greenery is healthy for the planet and for the human mind, scientists and research has shown. So having plants indoors is a great idea to push. Well thought out, Harnoor Singh.

2: Raj (Acton, Ontario, Canada), January 08, 2012, 7:33 PM.

Congratulations, Harnoor! Thank you for doing such great work in the community. You are making a difference! Keep spreading peace around the world. I've just read your article, "Make Peace Your Way This Holiday Season'. I loved that piece and I've no doubt about you because you are a peace maker! Happy Lohri!

3: G. Dhillon (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), January 08, 2012, 8:03 PM.

Keep up the good work, Harnoor! Great message for a great cause. I also believe in the quote, "Do the best you can with everything as it turns up". Wish you a great year ahead!

4: Manpreet (India), January 09, 2012, 11:16 PM.

It's a great cause and I'm definitely in. Wish you all a very happy Lohri and a great year ahead. Let's all plant trees this Lohri :-)

5: Rakesh Kumar (India), January 10, 2012, 12:21 AM.

This is good work, keep it up! I also participated in such campaigns in school. I also believe that: "The best friend on Earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources of the Earth." (Frank Lloyd Wright)

6: Rosy (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada), January 10, 2012, 1:21 PM.

That is great. Everyone should take action for our planet. I wonder what it would be like if no one cleaned up and planted trees and flowers. I hope everyone will protect our planet. An awesome deed with an awesome message, Harnoor!

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