September 8, 2015 by miketurner
The Environmental Benefits From Planting Trees
Trees have variety of benefits to humankind ,the benefits range from environmental, economic to social benefits. A tree soothes and relaxes our mind by helping us connect with nature and the surroundings. The color green calms our and helps our eyes recover from strain.
Basically by planting more trees and caring for the existing ones, you help reduce pollution, the surrounding, the appearance of the community and in some instances increase the value of the property within which the trees have been planted.
- Temperature regulation
Trees help reduce air temperature by blocking direct sunlight from reaching the earth’s surface. Cooling is further enhanced when water evaporates from the surface of the tree leaves. The chemical conversion of water to air vapor removes heat from the air.
Trees acts as natural air conditioners by producing a cooling effect to the environment. Placing machines like heat pumps under a tree improves their efficiency.
Trees are essential in helping settle out and trapping dust and dust from the environment. Trees also help in absorbing and blocking noise.
Trees play a vital role in carbon sequestration, burning of fossil fuel emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This in turn traps heat, changing the climate a phenomenon popularly known as the “greenhouse effect”. Planting trees helps slow down this process. It is estimated that a single tree absorbs a lot of carbon dioxide from the environment for respiration.
- Flood control
Trees holds a lot of water which would otherwise stream downhill and find its way to the rivers and eventually into homes and towns located downstream. Trees for this reason form an important part of the storm water management for major towns and cities.
Trees reduce amount of water runoff, pollution of waterways and reduces erosion which also contribute to the effects of flooding.
- Clean water
Trees provide an efficient natural filtration providing clean water. They reduce runoff , raindrops hit the tree s water flows down the trunk and seeps into the earth below the tree.
This prevents the rainwater from carrying pollutants to the water bodies. When trees are mulched, the tree acts like a sponge which filters water naturally which then is used to recharge the underground water supplies.
- Natural habitat
Trees provide incredible support to a vast variety of living things. Wildlife uses trees for shelter, nesting, mating and food. Trees therefore create a self-sustaining ecosystem for our biodiversity.
Skin cancer which happens to be among the most common cancers in the world is caused by exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Trees reduce UV-B rays’ exposure thus shielding individuals by trapping the ultra-violet rays. Children are the most vulnerable since they spend most hours outdoors and their delicate nature of their skins.
People are able to exercise , jog and walk and work more in areas which have more trees than places with no trees.
- Reduced crime levels
Statistically it has been shown that neighborhoods with abundant trees have fewer crimes in comparison with those without. This is due to the calming effect which encourages people to spend more time in their neighborhoods which in turn bolsters community trust.
Trees provide to the humans, birds and wildlife in form of fruits, leaves and roots. Tree products are an excellent source of both micro- and macronutrients. Trees provide a food safety net in periods of poor harvest, drought and seasonal scarcity of other foods.
Simply put, trees promote life and planting a tree today means investing in a better and sustainable environment.