Trees provide us with many products and services, which is why we are is so motivated to plant trees. But how exactly do trees help the environment? And which ways can you help the environment?
Here are the top 4 environmental benefits of trees.
Trees Remove and store Carbon Dioxide
Forests are the second-largest carbon sink on the planet.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is measured in parts per million (ppm) and since the industrial revolution, it has risen from 280 to 400.
Trees take up carbon dioxide during the process of photosynthesis locking it within themselves for during their lifetime and release oxygen.
Trees help sea life
CO2 emissions get absorbed into the ocean which makes the ocean more acidic, why? Chemistry.
This acidification creates negative consequences for ocean life and currently the sea is 30% more acidic than it was before the industrial revolution.
Tree planting reduces CO2 in the air, which reduces the amount of CO2 absorbed into the ocean, which prevents it from becoming more acidic in the future.
Trees build wildlife habitat
Trees provide a cool refuge in the heat of the day, and the days are getting hotter.
Trees provide macro and micro-habitats; trees are the houses and forests are the cities of nature.
Plant a large number of trees creates a thriving natural city full of biodiversity.
Trees provide damage control
Trees are great at 1) blocking strong winds (windbreaks), 2) preventing riverbanks from washing away (riparian buffer) and 3) stopping landslides by securing the ground with their roots to avoid erosion.
Hurricanes, floods, avalanches, and tsunamis can all be mitigated by planting trees which can saves lives and avoid enormous repair bills.