People cut down 15 billion trees each year. Since the beginning of human civilization, the total tree count has fallen by 46%.
At Treecup, we take environmental degradation seriously.
Deforestation is clearing the earth at massive scales, typically to make space for agriculture. The irony within this practice is that deforestation practices damage the quality of the land - giving farmers and investors reason to leave the deforested land unused at times.
The agriculture business is big. We, as the human race, need agriculture in order to eat... thus survive. However, is the gain in crops worth the loss in trees? Let's take a look at what trees have to offer.
One final note before we delve into the benefits of trees in our respective ecosystems - remember Michael Jackson? Well, Michael once sang a song called "Earth Song". Like many of his other music videos, this production went on to be one of the greatest music videos of all time. It's a beautiful audio and graphic of what is going on in the world to this sense. If you have a minute, take a watch!
Ok, now that we got the King of Pop out of the way... let's delve into some tree knowledge!
Climate change. CO2 is piling up within Earth's atmosphere. For many factors (vehicles, factories, even humans breathing) CO2 emission has recently reached record heights! Luckily for us humans, our friends - trees - have our backs. They absorb CO2 and release oxygen... sweet, sweet, life giving oxygen... back into the air.
Knock on wood. Fuel, crafts, and homes are grateful for the precious resource of wood. Not only for the craft themselves, but the spurring of economic trade.
Natural air filter. There are mass quantities of pollutant particles floating around us. Some of which include ammonia, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and ozone. As I write this - as you read this, trees are trapping these particles in their bark and leaves.
Keeping it cool. Not only do trees look cool, they also keep us cool. In the city, trees cool us up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. In the country, a patch of shade under a leafy tree is one of life's simply pleasures for a hot summer day. In fact, in Los Angeles the average temperature has risen 6 degrees as more and more trees have been cut down.
Cut energy costs. By placing trees strategically, your home's energy bill can be cut by as much as 50%. For penny pinchers everywhere, that equates to trees being an absolute God-send.
Soil erosion prevention. Runoff can pose a large problem for many communities. For example, in Haiti the soil is so loose that it is nearly impossible to farm in. What adds to this issue is that the soil goes into the ocean up to 20 miles! Fishermen must go out reasonable distances just to feed themselves and their family. Té Amo has future goals of planting Sycamore trees in Haiti to prevent this nutrition epidemic. By planting trees, runoff is slowed down via large root networks.
Food falling from the sky! Actually, it's not the sky. It's the big green leafy friendly giant called a tree. This is great for animals and humans alike, as trees can produce 15-20 bushels of fruit - feeding hungry families as well as the health-conscious individuals of the world. This also spurs economic trade!
How the heal? Being around nature aids concentration as well as reducing mental fatigue. As an individual with ADHD, I can say that nature certainly helps with my concentration. In fact, studies prove patients heal quicker when having a window view of a tree.
Aesthetically pleasing. Trees are beautiful. They are wonderfully made by God as a pleasure to the eyes. Businesses utilize trees to block unsightly views as well as for beautification of properties via landscaping.
Trees yield incredible benefits to the world, the economy, and to us humans. So ask yourself - what has a tree ever done to you? Now ask yourself - what has a tree ever done FOR you?
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