Since the beginning, trees have provided us with two of life’s essentials, food and oxygen. As we evolved and learned, they provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, and tools. Today, their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being discovered as their role expands to satisfy the needs created by our modern lifestyles. Many people think of environmental concerns as a modern issue: humanity’s destruction of nature and ecosystems as a result of very recent population growth and increasing consumption. This is true for some problems, such as climate change. But it’s not the case for deforestation. Humans have been cutting down trees for millennia with that it has contributed to
- Tropical deforestation contributes about 20% of annual global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. (Environmental Defense Fund)
- Prior to 2019, greenhouse gas emission from tropical forest degradation was seriously underestimated. (The Guardian)
- Every second, a forest the size of a football field is cut down. (Live Science)
- 14,800 square miles of forest are lost every year. This is roughly the same size as Switzerland. (The World Counts)
- Deforestation causes approximately $2 trillion to $4.5 trillion in lost biodiversity each year. (The Balance)
- 4.2% of the world’s tree cover loss was between 1990 and 2020. (FAO)
- By 2030, there may be only 10% of the world’s rainforests left. (The World Counts)
- Agriculture is responsible for approximately 80% of tropical forest loss. (Greenpeace USA)
- 12 million hectares of tropical tree cover was lost in 2020. (World Resources Institute)
- 31% of modern diseases are a result of deforestation. (FAO)
- 137 different species of plants, animals, and birds are lost every single day due to global forest loss. (RainTree)
Trees make life nicer. It has been shown that spending time among trees and green spaces reduces the amount of stress that we carry around with us in our daily lives.
Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital room offered a view of trees.
Children have been shown to retain more of the information taught in schools if they spend some of their time outdoors in green spaces.
Trees are often planted as living memorials or reminders of loved ones or to commemorate significant events in our lives.
Even though you may own the trees on your property your neighbours may benefit from them as well.
Through careful planning, trees can be an asset to your entire community.
Tree-lined streets have a traffic calming effect, traffic moves more slowly and safely.
Trees can be placed to screen unwanted views or noise from busy highways.
Trees can complement the architecture or design of buildings or entire neighbourhoods.
Trees reduce the urban heat island effect through evaporative cooling and reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches parking lots and buildings. This is especially true in areas with large impervious surfaces, such as parking lots of stores and industrial complexes.
Trees improve our air quality by filtering harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe.
Trees reduce the amount of stormwater runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding.
Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.
Well placed trees can reduce your cooling costs in the summer by shading the south and west sides of your home. If deciduous trees are used they will allow the sun to pass through and warm your home in the winter.
Evergreen trees on the north side of your home and shrubs around the foundation of your home can act as a windbreak to reduce the cooling effects of winter winds.
The value of a well-landscaped home with mature healthy trees can be as much as 10% higher than a similar home with no or little landscaping. (Topping will reduce the value of your trees)
Some indirect economic benefits of trees are that if we reduce the energy we use then utility companies will have less demand placed on the infrastructure, thus reducing operating costs which can be passed on to the consumer.
We are sheparding trees where possible with our tunnels and aims that benefit one another, by having wastes we use our own vermicast to supplement the needs of the trees and remove 10 tonne of waste each year for our needs to date.
Each tunnel supports the growth of 1 million trees
we need places to plant our trees in large quantities and offer mutually beneficial incentives to allow us to plant trees in large areas