Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.
Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
It is known that trees help to clean the air we breathe. Through their leaves and bark, they absorb harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke.
The intricate root systems of trees act like filters, removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the soil. This process prevents harmful waterslide erosion and reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. Based on the estimations of the UN Food and Agriculture Association, a mature evergreen tree can intercept over 15,000 liters of water every year.
A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Due to deforestation many wild species have nowhere to call home.
The forestry industry provides endless job opportunities from arborists to loggers and researchers. We don’t just rely on trees for work, though. Sustainable tree farming provides timber to build homes and shelters, and wood to burn for cooking and heating.
It’s impossible to ignore that feeling of elation you get while walking through a calm, quiet place full of greenery.
Trees help reduce stress and anxiety and allow us to reconnect with nature.
Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into their trunks, branches, and leaves. Besides that, trees release oxygen back into the atmosphere. In cities, trees can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 8° Celsius.
About One Tree Planted
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. To learn more, visit onetreeplanted.org