5 Incredible Reasons Why Trees Are Important For Our Planet!
We know that trees are important, but do you really know why?
There’s probably one fact regarding trees that we all know: they produce Oxygen and we need Oxygen to live. But do you know how much oxygen one tree produces? A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. So we know that trees are important to our planet because they produce oxygen, but there are many more interesting reasons for loving trees, and here’s why.
#1 Cleanse the Air
Trees cleanse our air from pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. They remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates. In one year, a person emits about 10 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, while one tree removes one ton of the stuff in its long lifetime.
#2 Help Us Produce Medicine
Trees have been used to make drugs like aspirin, ecstasy and some chemotherapy medications like Taxol, produced from the Yew tree.
#3 Help us Heal Faster
Studies have shown that hospital patients suffer less pain and heal more quickly when their windows face trees (so that they might not need the drugs that trees have been used to develop.)
#4 Control Noise Pollution
When trees are planted at strategic points in a neighborhood or around your house, they help reduce major noises from freeways and airports.
#5 Help Us Save Energy & Money
When trees beautify a property or neighborhood, they can increase the property value of your home by 15% or more. They also have an impact on the energy used for heating and cooling a building, reducing air conditioning costs by 30 % and saving 20 – 50% on energy for heating. Aside from providing shade, one large tree is able to transpire as much as 100 gallons of water into the air per day. This provides a cooling effect equivalent to 10 single room-sized air conditioning units operating 20 hours a day.
We all know the common saying “knock on wood”! But do you know how it originated?
In the old days, primitive pagans used to tap or knock on trees to call on the protective spirits believed to live inside each tree. Definitely a tradition worth keeping!
How much oxygen do you think a family of four needs to breathe?
Answer: Oxygen from 2 trees