Why tree planting is the way forward for climate change

Why tree planting is the way forward for climate change

“Trees are vital in the fight against climate change, which is why we must go further and faster to increase planting rates,” Michael Gove, the environment secretary, UK.

‘Today, only about 30 percent of Earth’s land mass is covered in trees. Each year, forests the size of Panama disappear. At the current rate, the world’s rain forests will disappear within 100 years.’ (https://sciencing.com/trees-turn-carbon-dioxide-oxygen-10034022.html)

Photosynthesis

Carbon dioxide is exhaled into the atmosphere by humans and animals as well as the multiple other human processes that now produce this toxin. Plant leaves absorb this and pair it with hydrogen to produce sugar. The extra oxygen created during this process is then released into the atmosphere, this is vital for mammals to breath.

Most people are aware that trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, this process is called photosynthesis, plant leaves absorb sunlight which is vital in the fight against climate change.

Other positives trees provide to fight global warming

When water evaporates from a tree’s leaf this cools the air temperature through air vapour conversion. Furthermore, trees reduce air temperature by blocking sunlight. Due to humanisation, concrete and paved surfaces absorb and heat the ground exponentially. If we shade more of these areas with trees it would reduce the warm radiation effect.

Trees have several other benefits not directly related to climate change, such as creating animal habitats and providing noise reduction through absorption.

  • Trees help settle out and trap dust, pollen and smoke from the air. The dust level in the air can be as much as 75 percent lower on the sheltered side of the tree compared to the windward side.
  • Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen.
    • One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
    • A healthy tree can store 13 pounds of carbon each year —-for an acre of trees that equals to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide.
    • Each gallon of gasoline burned produces almost 20 pounds of carbon dioxide.
    • For every 10,000 miles you drive, it takes 7 trees to remove the amount of carbon dioxide produce if your car gets 40 miles per gallon (mpg); it will take 10 trees at 30 mpg; 15 trees at 20 mpg; 20 trees at 15 mpg; and 25 trees at 12 mpg)
  • An acre of trees absorb enough carbon dioxide in a year to equal the amount produced when you drive a car 26,000 miles.
  • The temperature in urban areas is often 9 degrees warmer than in areas with heavy tree cover. (ncsu)

Read more here: https://projects.ncsu.edu/project/treesofstrength/benefits.htm

About Eversmart Energy

Eversmart Energy electricity is 100% renewable. We are working on multiple projects to combat climate change, including a soon to be released ‘Plant a tree scheme’.

For further information, visit www.eversmartenergy.co.uk

Grace Bowden (Senior marketing executive)

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