Why is it so important to plant trees right now?
- Trees provide food for people and animals
- 15 billion trees are lost per year while only 1.5 billion are being planted
- Trees make the air breathable
- Trees capture carbon and become carbon ‘sinks’ which reduce the Greenhouse Effect
- Trees’ root systems help prevent soil erosion, which prevents water pollution
Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.
Not only are trees essential for life, but as the longest living species on earth, they give us a link between the past, present, and future.
Trees benefit the environment
Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon that they store in their wood helps slow the rate of global warming.
They reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C.
Trees also help prevent flooding and soil erosion, absorbing thousands of liters of stormwater.
Planting trees is a simple and effective way to make an impact. Trees clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. They help stabilize our climate, provide habitat for biodiversity, and create sustainable jobs