Friday, April 15, 2011

Save a Tree: Print Your Emails

Have you ever seen that annoying little sentence at the bottom of emails that says "Please consider the environment before printing this email"? I am betting that you have. It wouldn't annoy me if it were true. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, you are doing more harm to the environment by not printing! Here are published opinions from an internationally renowned environmental activist, a forester and a tree farmer.

Greenpeace was founded on the belief that a few individuals can make a difference. For over 40 years, it's mission has been to protect and conserve the environment. Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, had this to say recently "Forestry is the most sustainable of all the primary industries that provide us with energy and materials. To address climate change we must use more trees, not less. Using trees sends a signal to the marketplace to grow more trees." Dr. Moore advocates that print is the renewable way a responsible world communicates.

Just last month, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal specifically about printing emails. It was authored by two men with first-hand knowledge about trees, recycling, environmental issues and forests. The authors are Carlton Owen and Chuck Leavell. Mr. Owen is the CEO of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. He is a forester and wildlife biologist. Mr. Leavell is a tree farmer, environmentalist, musician and author. To read their article, click