The Importance of Fresh Air and The Green Gesture Campaign

underatree Today I want to talk about a couple of things:  the 6th law of health; which is the importance of breathing fresh air and also about the Make a Green Gesture campaign.   

It seems we so often forget about the importance of spending time outside with our dogs and we underestimate the health benefits of doing so and of breathing in fresh air.

If you are like most people today you do not work at home but in a building away from your home and while you are gone to work, your dog is spending most if not all of that time inside the house and being forced to breath the indoor pollution and stale air. Doing  this day in and day out is making it harder for your dog’s body (and your own) to stay healthy.  We should make every effort to take our dog for a walk or little play time before we leave for the day and again when we get back home.  We need to breathe that fresh air!

Here are just a few benefits of breathing fresh air:

  • Fresh air is good for digestion
  • Improves blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Lifts the spirits.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Cleans your lungs.
  • gives energy and sharper mind.

In the last few years various government agencies (including the EPA etc.) established a new approach to understanding and explaining pollution. The pollution issue is divided into two categories:

1. Carbon Footprint

2. Pollution other than Carbon Footprint.  Carbon Footprint is a ‘fancy word’ for Carbon Emission.

Most people think of carbon emissions in terms of motor vehicle traffic and factory emissions.  The truth is, computer and Internet usage are emissions culprits as well.  Every time someone visits a web page, CO2 is emitted. These emissions come from the cooling and energy consumption of (mainframe) computer servers and hardware.  According to a study by Harvard physics Ph.D Alexander Wissner-Gross, each visit to a web page results in an average of 20 milligrams (0.0008 ounces) of CO2 emissions.


The Make a Green Gesture initiative was started as a response to this study, in hopes that by planting trees, they can help make the blogosphere a greener place.

Make a Green Gesture is a large-scale reforestation initiative here in the U.S., by bloggers, for bloggers. In collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation, we will help to mitigate your blog’s long-term CO2 output by planting a tree in an American forest.

Green Gestures will plant a tree for the Whole Dog News blog  just for me blogging about this great campaign which help to reduce the long-term effects of our own carbon footprint – for free!    By Whole Dog News Blog participating in the Make a Green Gesture initiative, we are taking a step to reduce our blog’s carbon footprint.

You’ve probably heard that trees produce oxygen, but have you ever wondered just how much oxygen one tree makes?  Of course, the amount of oxygen produced by a tree depends on the species of  the tree, its age, its health, and also on the tree’s surroundings.  However, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, “a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.”

“A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.”
– McAliney, Mike. Arguments for Land Conservation: Documentation and Information Sources for Land Resources Protection, Trust for Public Land, Sacramento, CA, December, 1993

So let’s spend more time out of the city and our of our homes and outside enjoying the trees and gain the benefits of inhaling that oxygen rich environment among the trees with our dogs.  🙂

And, if you are a blogger, you may want to “Make a Green Gesture” too!  🙂





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