One day following the end of World War I, General Louis Lyautey asked his gardener to plant a particular type of tree on his estate. The gardener objected that the tree, being unusually slow to grow, would take nearly a century to reach maturity. "In that case," the marshal replied, "there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon!"
[This was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite stories.]
[In 1990, publisher Harpers San Francisco released a book entitled Two Minutes a Day for a Greener Planet -- and planted one thousand trees to replace those used in the book.]