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Benefits of planting trees
The sustainable benefits of planting trees are applicable to our environment, the animals on our planet, and families all over the world. But let’s not forget about Mother Earth herself. Trees help to regulate the water cycle all over the world. Rain is absorbed from soil by trees and other plants before it transpires back into the atmosphere. This means that trees help to control the levels of humidity in our air. But they manage the quality of soil too. Trees naturally remove noxious substances and carbon from the soil, which is hugely beneficial to other plants and crops. Their roots pull deep minerals to the surface, their foliage also decomposes and adds even more nutrition to the soil. Trees do nothing but purify the soil we use for agriculture and biodiversity. Additionally, trees act as a natural barrier to harsh winds and floods and protect the soil in fields all over the world from turning to desert. Mangrove trees, in particular, have been shown to protect endangered coastlines.
So the sustainable benefits of planting trees are obvious where our planet is concerned. But what about for everything that lives on it? Well, just about every animal you can think of depends on trees – even sea life! In fact, many of the world’s endangered animal species are endangered because they’ve lost their natural habitat to deforestation. As WWF explains, tree clearing is a significant factor in devastating habitat loss for many Asian animals including tigers, orangutans, rhinos, and elephants. Some of them are already on the brink of extinction. That’s why they plant Trees for the Seas and Trees for Tuskers. Each tree you plant with them helps to protect marine wildlife and create vital habitat for land-based animals.
We’re going to take a stab in the dark here – you like breathing, right? Of course, you do! And trees make that possible. The oxygen we need to survive comes from a few irreplaceable sources on our planet, and trees are one of them. Oxygen is naturally released as a by-product of a tree’s photosynthesis, where they pull in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So by planting more trees all over the world, we’re creating more oxygen and more fresh air to breathe. There are tens of thousands of different tree types on our planet, and the amount of oxygen produced by each one can vary. But, regardless, for each breath, you take reading this article, be thankful for a tree..
Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is building up in our atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. In addition, trees absorb odors and pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone, and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Did you know that aspirin was derived from willow bark? Or that dogwood bark has been used as a substitute for quinine? While many drugs that come from plants and trees have been replaced by synthetics, there is no denying how important they are when it comes to modern medicine and research.