Everyone knows that planting a tree is one of the most iconic, and important, things you can do for the environment. Why else would we plan entire service excursions to plant saplings around parks and fields? However, there is more to planting a tree than may meet the eye. Trees, in fact, provide a host of benefits.
Trees contribute to our environment by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Thus, we can reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by planting more trees that absorb that carbon. Additionally, trees can naturally filter the air for pollutants, leaving our air, and our world, much cleaner and healthier.
Planting trees also contributes to the ecological stability of a given environment. Not only are trees great natural air purifiers and fighters of climate change, they also keep our ecosystems running by providing shade, shelter, and food to other animals. Without trees, birds may not have locations for their nests, plants that thrive in shade may have nowhere to grow, and squirrels and chipmunks that eat seeds and berries from trees may go without food.
Because of trees’ natural release of oxygen into our atmosphere, having more trees around can greatly impact human physical health. We breath in oxygen, so the more oxygen available, the better the air we breathe. Aside from our physical health, green spaces, trees, and forests have also been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health for those who spend time in them.
Trees have long been a great giver of life for many animals—humans included. Planting more trees on our earth has a net positive impact to the environment, individual ecosystems, and to our medical and mental health as a human species.
Lets work together and plant what we can!