Chris Maser in his ‘Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest’ opined that what we are doing to the forests of the world is simply a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. Even if we fail to agree with him, don’t we all know how we should be mending our ways? Of course we do. Don’t we all know how we should be planting trees? Of course we do. Yet, don’t we always come up with one excuse or the other why we can’t plant one? Of course we do.
Therein lays the irony. In the given scenario, it is important to note how planting trees will benefit us in the long run. Rapid deforestation is no news to us. Therefore it’s high time that we start doing something about it. Take charge for change begins with us. The more responsible we are towards the globe, the better our future and the future of the coming generations here will be (not exaggerating!). I’m going to give you a list of 10 pros with the hope that each one of them will convince you to go greener (and this is me not being foolish, okay?).
Don’t shy away because you are ‘very, very busy these days’ or you ‘can never ever find a proper place to plant trees.’ Not only does it take no time to plant a tree but you can also find plenty of open spaces out there to plant them. Trust me when I say that you will never regret planting a tree. It will give you a bigger return. Do it for your own self, do it for the sake of larger humanity. Whenever you find yourself short of ideas before someone’s birthday or anniversary, just gift a sapling. It works every time. Now let the list speak for itself.
Trees help doing away with climate change
This is no rocket science. You have known this all along. Trees absorb the infamous carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide traps heat and doesn’t let it escape our planet, thus paving the way for global warming. Quite unsurprisingly, an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide is the root cause of most of the environmental crises. No wonder trees are the ‘lungs’ of our globe.
Trees help combat noise pollution
The trees that you see alongside a highway are aesthetically pleasing. Besides, they go an extra mile to peter out noise pollution. Trees are a source of bird songs and the sound of leaves rustling. Now who can say No to that? When you plant trees around your house or even in your neighborhood, you can finally bid goodbye to noises from the airport or nearby school or market. Plant a tree today and welcome home some respite!
Trees help clean the soil
Phytoremediation is a process by which dangerous chemicals and other pollutants are removed from the soil. Trees may hoard harmful pollutants. If not, they can transform pollutants into less harmful forms. Trees are definitely more awesome than you knew! Additionally, trees filter farm chemicals and sewage. They minimize the effect of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and water runoff into streams.
Trees help purify the air
Trees wipe out airborne particles, heat, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide as well as nitrogen dioxide. On top of it, they effectively lower air temperature. Trees provide shade in summer. When they pull water from the soil, the leaves tend to evaporate water more. This is termed as evapotranspiration and it evidently boasts of a cooling effect. During the winter months, trees ravage the force of winds. Aren’t they great?
Trees help eliminate soil erosion
The roots of a tree efficiently bind the soil. Thus they serve the purpose of windbreaks. If they are located on the windward side, trees can weaken the wind as a result of which the topsoil remains intact. Trees also counter flash flooding.
Trees shelter wildlife like bees and squirrels
Or where else do you think would the crows build their nest? In fact, trees host an innumerable species of insects on which thrive birds and other animals. So trees are a habitat for biodiversity which the Wikipedia defines as “the variety and variability of life on Earth.”
Trees help you lead a healthy life
You must know about those deadly UV rays (mostly from those sunscreen commercials), don’t you? Well, trees save you from their ill effects. Since trees fight air pollution, they keep asthma and other respiratory disorders at bay. Moreover, they undoubtedly lessen stress. So the next time you’re depressed, go take a walk in the local park!
Trees help augment property values
Yes. Trees have the ability to make our surroundings beautiful. Planting trees will inevitably boost the net worth of your home by at least 15 percent. As trees lower the temperature in summer, you wouldn’t need air conditioners in your home. They also trim down heating bills in the winter. Plant a tree today and make yourself rich! What are you waiting for?
Trees help get rid of violence
Who would have thought so? Trees do indeed keep crime rates in check. But how is it possible? They calm people and also lead them to spend more time with their neighbors outdoor. Thus heralds a stronger sense of community trust. Pretty amazing, right?
Trees help cause rainfall
A tree releases water vapor. When a certain amount of water vapor has been released, condensation takes place in the form of rain. Aren’t we all thankful for those downpours or drizzles in the hot summer days? So plant a tree today and make it rain!
“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.”