Five Reasons Plant With Purpose Loves Trees
Written by Plant With Purpose on February 18, 2014 in List
1. Trees provide food and economic opportunity
Families living in rural poverty depend almost completely on the land to survive. Harvested fruit provides a source of food as well as income so that these rural farmers can provide for their families. As incomes grow, farming families are able to provide basic household needs, send their children to school, and invest in the future.
“An apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year” – Tree People
2. Trees turn harmful gases into something useful
Trees go through an amazing process known as photosynthesis, turning carbon dioxide – a major greenhouse gas – into oxygen. And if it weren’t for oxygen, we all might have a little issue on our hands.
“One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.”– U.S. Department of Agriculture
3. Trees prevent soil erosion and water pollution
Rural communities often inherit the burdens of water pollution and soil erosion due to inefficient farming techniques. Planting trees stops erosion of topsoil on hillsides and slopes by helping the ground to absorb water.
“The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply.” —USDA Forest Service
4. Trees provide shade and have a cooling effect
In rural communities with limited means to escape heat, trees serve as a retreat from the sun. They also release water vapor into the air through their leaves, thus cooling the air.
5. Trees provide recreation, inspiration, wisdom, and health
Trees make us happy whether they stand in as playmates for children, inspiration for artists, or healing for the sick.
“Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications.” – Tree People
“Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature.” – Tree People