Did you ever ask yourself why trees are so important?
Why are they vital to our planet?
If you have never thought about it, this is the answer.
Because trees help sustain all life on Earth.
Trees breathe in the carbon dioxide we produce and then convert into oxygen that we breathe.
A single mature tree can absorb around 21 kilograms of carbon dioxide and produces 118 kilograms of oxygen each year.
As carbon dioxide is mostly emitted through human activities such as burning fossil fuels and it’s the primary greenhouse gas, removing carbon dioxide from the air can help with global warming significantly.
Trees also clean the air absorbing odors and pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Each individual tree removes up to 1.7 kilos of pollutant every year.
In addition, trees have more vital roles than we often take for granted.
– Capture rainwater to prevent flooding and soil erosion.
– Provide a cooling effect, lowering surface and air temperatures by providing shade and through evapotranspiration.
As much as 4 to 5℃ cooler than the area with no trees.
– Help improve soil fertility and create healthy soil by drawing nitrogen from the air and transferring it to the soil through their roots and leaf litter
– Provide food and medicine to people, birds, insects and all the animals.
– Provide protection, shelter and habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
As you can see trees have incredible benefits to help sustain all life on Earth, but now the world is losing this amazing organism faster than ever.
Since 2016, an average of 28 million hectares have been cut down worldwide every year. That’s one football field of forest lost every single second around the clock.
Australia has lost almost 40 percent of its forests over the last 200 years and the remaining forests are highly fragmented.
Every year an estimated 500,000 hectares of native forests and woodlands are bulldozed. This is equivalent to over 200,000 trees per day.
As a result, over 1000 species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction including the koalas.
One of the most effective ways to reverse the damage is to start planting trees.
We donate $1 for every single order we receive to REFOREST NOW to conserve and regenerate Australian forests.
By doing this, we can create a healthier climate, restore native habitat for endangered species, protecting biodiversity and helping reforestation across Australia, especially the area affected by the 2019-20 Black Summer Bushfires.
The future of all of us human and all the species rely on the survival of healthy forests.