Why it is often said that each one of us should plant at least one tree in our life even if gardening is not our hobby or we aren’t that passionate about gardening and planting trees which is by far the best method of contributing back to Mother Nature.
We all are aware that exposure to greener surroundings can improve our health and lower our stress levels immensely. Changes throughout the year can be observed with variations seen on the trees as different seasons come and go. With a display of beautiful foliage and flowers, these trees become so soothing to our eyes.
Let’s go through the benefits of planting trees and I hope this will someway help you to take forward this act of kindness and humanity and even encourage others to keep nurturing our dear planet and environment.
Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits of Planting Trees
Trees produce oxygen, capture airborne dust particles and gases, and lessen smog, contributing and playing a crucial role for every living beings’ survival and respiratory health.
A fully grown tree produces as much oxygen in one season which is required by 10 people in a year.
Access to green spaces which are surrounded by trees and plants like parks and our home garden promotes greater physical activity, lowers blood pressure and acts as a stress buster, improving our overall quality of life.
If you have planted herbal, vegetable or fruit-bearing trees they also act as a source of fresh veggies, herbs, and fruits around the year.
Trees take away carbon (CO2), reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and act as a natural air conditioner.
It has been observed that summer temperatures are at least 5 to 8 degrees lower in areas that are surrounded by trees in comparison to places with no or few trees.
Global Warming Protector
The heat from the sun reflects from the earth and gets trapped in the layer of gases present in the atmosphere and lead to global warming, causing global temperatures to rise.
Carbon dioxide is considered as a major greenhouse gas. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, filtering carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the environment.
Trees and forests promote rain and groundwater management and act as a water conservation and stormwater management tool.
Trees act as a habitat for numerous birds, insects, animal species and other living things and organisms.
Trees provide economic benefits too. Communities and areas with healthy tree-cover attract new residents and commercial activity.
Houses and societies landscaped with trees and plants sell more quickly and attract premium too.
Trees and plants soften the harsh looks of masonry, metals and glass windows giving them an attractive look in return.
Medicine and Healing
Trees not only provide us food but also a ray of medicinal herbs that have been acknowledged by the ancient healing system ‘Ayurveda’.
Today modern science is continuously discovering a host of chemicals and compounds found in trees that cannot only fight chronic diseases including cancer but also be used as nutritional supplements.
People prefer to walk and jog more on shaded streets covered with a variety of trees, which encourage interaction and engagement amongst community members.
Fights Sound Pollution
Along with air pollution, trees that are densely planted can absorb and block sound, reducing noise pollution by as much as 40 percent.
Plant more and more trees and try to educate people in your community not to cut trees without any strong reason to do so.
To exist, to prosper and to live, we must plant trees. Remember, If we will not sustain trees soon the planet will not be able to sustain us.