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Some benefits to planting trees that you might not have known!
Last week I did a picture blog of all the most beautiful trees in the word – to inspire you all to get planting and get in touch with your inner-green thumb to fight deforestation. If seeing these beautiful natural phenomena wasn't enough inspiration, here are ALL of the many reasons you should be planting trees, whenever and wherever you can.
First and fore mostly, they literally fight climate change
You really can't argue with that. They absorb CO2 from the air and store the carbon while releasing much needed oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees can absorb the same amount of CO2 produced when a car drives 42,000km. Pretty incredible stuff.
Trees provide oxygen
You don't have to be a science wiz to know we need this stuff like we need water. If the above interesting fact wasn't enough: in one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people! If you're not planting trees then you're just taking fresh air for free here people!
They cool city streets down
In LA in particular, the average temperature through the city streets has risen as the number of trees has declined. This is literally just due to the shade provided by them, and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
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Trees conserve energy
If placed strategically around the home, trees can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50%. Not only this, but cutting our usage of energy to cool our houses reduces out carbon emissions as well. Killing two birds with one stone! (But don't kill birds with stones, that's bad).
They prevent water pollution
Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall. The water flows down the trunk and into the soil below the tree, preventing storm water from carrying pollutants into the ocean. This water is used to recharge the soil beneath the tree, rather than run through storm water drains.
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Trees save water
The shade from trees actually slows down evaporation of water on lawns.
They shield us from ultra-violet rays
Skin cancer is a major health issue in Australia, and all of us are at risk when the sun is out. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by roughly 50%.
They provide income
Depending on your type of tree, why not pick the food or flowers it blooms and sell it at your local farmers markets? The locals will thank you for the fresh produce, and the returns on purchasing the tree will never end!
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They are a home to many
We need to stop senselessly cutting trees down, when they home so many beautiful animals and birds. Sycamore and oak trees are among the many urban tree species that provide homes to possums and birds.
Trees increase your property value
Yep. Now you're interested. A beautifully placed tree can raise your property value by 15%! You're welcome.
They also increase business traffic
Studies show that the more trees there are, the more people there are. Go figure. A tree-lined street will slow traffic, and commuters are more likely to look at the storefronts and become customers.
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Do your bit to help cut carbon pollution and fight the negative impacts of deforestation by planting a tree today!
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What you can do
Plant trees to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere for everyone
Planting trees is a great way to restore the landscape, whether its 1 tree or thousands, and trees 'breathe' CO2 from the atmosphere. Our core calculation is that each tree will absorb 200kg of CO2 from the atmosphere over its main growing lifetime (we've allowed 30 years).