This is the first part of my two-part 2019 Thanksgiving column:
Part two should appear on Thanksgiving Day itself.
This chapter from one of our books, previously available only in print, is now accessible at (as usual) no charge on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:
Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article by Henry Eyring originally appeared in Science & Mormonism Series 1: Cosmos, Earth, and Man (2016).
Abstract: Famed chemist Henry Eyring, father of apostle Henry B. Eyring, provides an entertaining and highly readable discussion on evolution, the search for truth, literal and figurative interpretations of scripture, the case for religions belief, and the certainty of his testimony of the gospel.
“Growing greener: U.S. cities are losing trees and their life-giving benefits. The scramble is on to replace them: Folks who think trees are just pretty don’t know how vital they are to survival. They’re a city’s hedge against pollution, flooding and heat islands, among others benefits.”
I’ve been beating the drum lately for planting more trees. And I’m going to do it again:
And, by the way, National Arbor Day falls next on 24 April 2020.
There are more than a few who say that the benefits of planting trees have been overstated, although the advocates of the controversial recent study on the topic are apparently standing by it. Significantly, though, nobody seems to be saying that the idea is wholly without merit or value:
“5 things to know about fighting climate change by planting trees: Debate breaks out over whether the climate-saving potential of tree planting was exaggerated”
From the magazine for children and youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
This is the kind of thing that might well really appeal to Mr. Jonathan Neville, the ardent “M2C” conspiracy theorist: