Trees fight climate change
The excess of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by many factors is accumulating in our atmosphere and is contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing carbon while releasing oxygen into the air. In one year, an acre of adult trees absorbs the amount produced when you drive your car 26 thousand miles.
Trees clean the air
The trees absorb the odors and polluting gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter the polluting particles from the air, trapping them in their leaves and bark.
The trees provide oxygen
In one year, an acre of adult trees can provide oxygen for 18 people.
The trees conserve energy
Three trees strategically placed around a family’s home can cut the need for air conditioning in the summer by up to 50 percent. By reducing the demand for energy to cool our homes, we reduce carbon dioxide and other polluting gases produced by power plants.
Trees save water
The shade of the trees decreases the evaporation of water from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water per week. As the trees transpire, they increase the atmospheric humidity.
The trees provide food
An apple tree can yield up to 15-20 fanegas of fruit per year and can be planted in a very small urban lot. In addition to the fruit for humans, trees provide food for birds and wildlife.
The trees heal
Studies have shown that patients who can see trees from their windows heal faster and with fewer complications. Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Being among the trees and nature improves concentration by reducing mental fatigue.
Trees increase the value of the property
The beauty that well-planted trees give to a property, its surrounding street and neighborhood can increase its value by up to 15 percent.
Trees reduce violence
It has been shown that neighborhoods and households that do not have plants or trees have a higher incidence of violence inside and outside the home than greener neighborhoods. Trees and plants help reduce the level of fear.