Sunday Morning Coffee | 04.27.2014

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite posts of the week, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me..

Lately I,

To be more responsible,

Eco-tip of the week 13. Plant a tree!

If you follow me on Twitter, you would have noticed that in honour of Earth Day on April 22, we gave out 3000 evergreen seedlings at work over Easter weekend. 

The message was, "Plant a tree, save the oceans!

But how do trees help the ocean? It's simple. Like trees, the ocean takes in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The ocean's what us marine bio nerds call an "ocean sink", absorbing over 50% of the carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere.

So what's the big deal? Isn't that a good thing? Yes, the oceans are doing us a huge service by removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. BUT with a increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to human activity, the amount of being absorbed by the oceans is also increasing, leading to a change in ocean chemistry. One of the profound effects of this change is that it is creating a more acidic environment, which is harmful to all that depend on it, from the animals with protective shells that become weakened, such as coral, mussels, clams and crabs, to the people that rely on the ocean for income, food supply and leisure.

Long story short, planting more trees takes a load off of the oceans. 

The benefits don't stop there. By planting and caring for trees, you help reduce pollution, lower energy costs, improve the appearance of your community and increase the value of your property. 

So, do your part: plant a tree, save the oceans!

If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

Have a good week!

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