The Lions Club of Kingsville focuses on the environment as one of its areas of service. This week, we investigate the positive impact of trees on our environment.
Trees are needed for oxygen, habitats, fruit production, fuel and heating, paper, and many everyday products. Despite how much we need trees, we are not taking care of our environment.
Trees and plants photosynthesize to produce oxygen. Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water. Photosynthesis in plants generally involves the green pigment chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a byproduct.
Forests provide habitats for many animals. A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals and plants. One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation, answers the question: Why Trees?
These are all important to our survival. Without our beautiful biodiversity, animals’ food chains will collapse.
Water is filtered naturally by trees. When water droplets fall, they can be too harsh, as in a heavy downpour. The leaves capture the rapid falling water droplets and let them down gently. This is important for soil absorption. The ground water is then filtered through root systems.
Trees can also be used for cooling cities. Asphalt, due to its dark colour, creates more heat. Trees are always a great idea to help cool an area and create shade on a hot day. This means less air conditioning and less energy used. This will also help your wallet!
Trees can also be planted around a secluded property or agricultural fields as a wind block.
If you would like to help the environment, plant a tree, and encourage your friends and family to plant trees as well.
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