I just noticed that it’s National Arbor Day here in the U.S. and it gave me a flashback to the launch of something 11 years ago that I’m proud to know is still going strong – Dell’s Plant a Tree program.
There is a frequently-held misconception in our society that protecting the environment and having a robust, growing economy are fundamentally at odds with one another. Nothing could be further from the truth, as evidenced by the role that responsibly managed forests play in sustaining local economies, protecting our climate and serving as a source of forest-based products like paper, packaging and timber for construction.
The ocelot is, by any standards, a beautiful and magnificent animal. It is a little larger than your average house cat, and distinguished by a very long, ringed tail and distinctive spot patterns on its body. Most Americans have likely not seen one of these creatures in person for a couple of reasons. First, they don’t breed in large numbers. Ocelot females normally have just one kitten per litter, sometimes two. Second, there are only an estimated 80 ocelots left in the country due to the gradual and substantial loss and fragmentation of their habitat.
Imagine a world where trees, wildlife and open spaces weren’t on the decline. A world where we all made a conscious effort to preserve natural habitats. By conserving communities and educating future generations, we can bring a greener earth from imagination to reality.