Those big green things that are crucial for life – yeah, trees, it turns out they’re actually depleting! With widespread global deforestation and land clearing and logging operations for farming and housing, we need to find ways to maintain our trees, not just because of their beauty, but because of the major things they do for us. But why are they so crucial? What do they do that we couldn’t do without?
Here are six reasons to get us started:
1. Storing Carbon Dioxide and converting it into Oxygen
We thought we’d start with the biggy. and the main one that matters if we are to combat climate change! As humans worldwide have built their societies to rely more and more on fossil fuels, the earth’s carbon dioxide growth over the last decade is 100 to 200 times faster than what the Earth experienced during the transition from the last Ice Age! Luckily, trees help to fight this.
They absorb CO2, removing it from the air and storing it, and, unbelievably, releasing I again as oxygen! Annually, an acre of trees absorbs the amount of carbon dioxide equal to driving your car 26 000 miles. Trees are superheroes and just one can produce enough oxygen for four people for a lifetime – let’s not forget them! Want to breathe? – plant a tree.
2. Renewable Source of Energy
Fossil fuels are finite, which means that there’s only a limited amount until it runs out and is essentially extinct for us to use in our vehicle fuels and energy production systems. Trees can be used as renewable and carbon-neutral biomass fuel for the future! If managed and sustainably source, tree limbs, tree-tops, bark, and small trees can be added to biomass to generate renewable energy. Although, bear in mind this has its issues if carried out unsustainably so let’s not go burning down all the trees! Contribute to a more renewable future – plant a tree.
3. Cooling Us Down
Believe it or not, the average temperature in Los Angeles rose by six Fahrenheit in 50 years from 1970 to 2018, and the average global temperature by 1.4 Fahrenheit. As tree coverage declines through the removal of trees and their replacement with heat-absorbing asphalt roads and buildings, cities and the planet are becoming much warmer. Trees can cool cities by up to 10 Fahrenheit through their provision of shade and water. Be cool – plant a tree.
4. Cleaning the Air and Water
No-one likes it dirty. Well, our air and water anyway. We’re in luck because trees absorb pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, and sulfur dioxide, cleaning the air we breathe. They also prevent water pollution in our seas and rivers by blocking harmful, dirty floodwater from reaching the main waterways and polluting them!
Hate the smell of farts? Who doesn’t! Trees further absorb pungent odours and act as a filter where micro-particles become trapped in leaves. Don’t kick up a stink – plant a tree.
5. Saving Water
Trees save us water? I know, we didn’t believe it at first either. However, after a bit of research, it turns out it’s a proven fact! Trees provide shade, slowing the sun from evaporating water too quickly and allowing it to be accessed by plants, animals and humans alike.
Whatsmore, trees only need about 15 gallons of water a week to survive which sounds like a lot until you realise that they release around 200-450 gallons of water per day! The less trees we have, the less water that is filtered and released for us to make use of and survive. Save water – plant a tree.
6. Shelter Wildlife
This one’s fairly self-explanatory. Yes, it may not be a reason to prevent climate change, but it keeps our wonderful wildlife safe from the elements and from potential predators. Without trees, that little shrubbery shrew or quivering squirrel doesn’t make it out alive the next day. C’mon have a heart – plant a tree!
At Ozone Apparel, we plant a tree for every sale we make, and if that doesn’t cover our carbon output, we plant the remainder to offset our total carbon at the end of each financial year!
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