Never before has there been so much concern given to our environment. And this is only proper considering the consequences we may face as a result of our neglect and disregard. Global warming is very real and we are now seeing and experiencing its dreadful effects.
There are steps each of us may do in showing our concern for the environment. One way is to join in the various programs that focus on planting and taking care of our trees. Two important reasons why we should do this for our environment include the following:
Trees Provide the Very Vital Oxygen
In case you may have forgotten the lessons taught during our science classes, trees undergo the process of photosynthesis in which harmful carbon dioxide is absorb and then release the very vital oxygen. It is through this process that enables the Amazonian rainforest to provide 20 percent of the world’s atmospheric oxygen. It has been determined that one tree of average size is enough to provide the much needed oxygen for a family of four members.
While trees contribute a lot in providing the much needed oxygen, it should be noted that in the process they make another contribution by absorbing the harmful carbon dioxide. Left unchecked, this deadly waste will be instrumental in hastening the global warming. It has been shown that an acre of trees may be enough to eliminate around 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
Trees Prevent Soil Erosion
We may not realize it, but soil in our planet is very crucial. More than its role in preventing flash floods, fertile soil is essential to everyone’s survival since this is where a big percentage of our foods are derived. And to think that only 20 percent of the soil is fit for cultivation! If this remaining portion of soil is eroded by floods and disasters, in part due to global warming, then we will be facing the danger of not having enough food to eat.
To illustrate this point, it has been proven that huge quantities of soil are displaced during a heavy downpour along with calamities such as hurricanes. Almost always, this soil goes to the ocean where it now puts at risk the ocean ecosystem, potentially killing all the fishes that are affected.
With the presence of trees, we may prevent this colossal catastrophe since these precious plants can grab substantial amounts of water thereby preventing the erosion of the soil. It has been estimated that one tree can retain as much as 57,000 gallons of water in a 12-inch flash flood. As an added bonus to the prevention of soil erosion, the water retained by the tress also helps in ensuring that we will have enough water for our survival.
Trees Bring Numerous Benefits
In addition to helping our environment, taking care of trees may bring about numerous benefits. Trees provide shelter to human beings and animals, conserve energy, add beauty to our surrounding, provides livelihood to many people, supply materials for our needs, and even help in managing various medical conditions. Let us do our share in planting and taking care of our trees and help in making sure that our mother Earth will be safe for future generations.