Trees have always sufficed the planet with the two necessities of life – food and oxygen. Despite its importance to life, the human race has done deforestation at an alarming rate to create urban cities.
A glimpse at the key factors responsible for deforestation:
We need trees, don’t we?
Enhancing the beauty of a particular area and providing shade might be the only reason people think that trees are required, but there are many other impacts of having trees as well!
Excessive increase in carbon dioxide in the air is increasing at a staggering rate due to pollution and CFCs released in the atmosphere. Trees absorb excess carbon dioxide from the air and in return release oxygen thereby reversing the adverse effect of climate change.
They slow down the water run-off across the slopes and hold the soil in position thereby increasing soil fertility.
Saving trees and planting newer ones have become a necessity to re-live our childhood days and to make our children’s future joyful. Remember those tree house parties with the squad.
Trees function as evaporative coolers and block the direct sun rays from reaching the parks or buildings thereby providing a cooling effect in the atmosphere.
The lush green tall beauties not only cool the atmosphere but they also clean the air and block harmful gasses like carbon monoxide, and others from entering the environment. So, they act as a barrier to minimizing air pollution.
Habitat and canopy for the wild-beings!
There are many urban species of trees which act as a safe home for small creatures like bees, possums, and many chirpy birds. Deforestation at a vast scale has made many such species extinct.
Well, a lot such factors make trees vital for our planet and environment. Deforestation and wildfires have already done a lot of harm. What can we do? Of course, start planting trees as fast as possible.
There are some organizations and companies which bring people together and plan trees on a large scale. If someone cannot plant a tree themselves, they can at least donate to these. A few of them will be mentioned below:
Planting trees also have many communal benefits! If appropriately planted they can be an asset to the community itself. They can act as landmarks and give a society its beauty serving as civic pride.
Many companies organize tree planting events where people of all ages, gender, and caste can come together and participate in saving the environment. That indeed provides a feeling of relief and satisfaction.
Last but not the least trees also provide livelihood options. The fruits which are harvested can be a good source of income for the people. Many organisations also provide vocational training for youths interested in the green jobs!
Go ahead, plant a tree. Don’t just be a part of the environment, save it!