Among other possibilities, united immediately evokes United States of America, United Colors of Benetton, United Parcel Service, United Church of Christ... maybe best of all, humanity of different geographies, nationalities, political preferences, religions, ethnicities coming together to unite, to make common cause for the survival, revival, and long-term well-being of planet earth. Every Day is Earth Day, but on Friday 22 April, for the 46th year we united to celebrate another formal, official Earth Day, with #Trees4Earth this year's hope-filled theme. Trees and forests are the earth's lungs, our planet's respiratory system.
All over the world, individuals, groups, churches, denominations, and ecumenical groups have purposefully united and started planting 500 trees to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation that will happen in 2017. That's not a mere 500 trees; it actually will be many many multiples of 500 that will unite and multiply and become literally countless trees that will filter water to make it clean, trees that will absorb carbon dioxide, trees that will provide gifts of oxygen for all, habitat, shelter and food for wildlife and domestic animals.