You don’t just plant a seedling when you plant a tree; you sow hope. Trees are essential for our survival, as we have learned the hard way. We began by deforesting the earth to make room for additional structures.

Later, when we witnessed the environment deteriorate, we were introduced to “afforestation,” a simple technique of planting more trees to ensure a better future.

Nevertheless, afforestation without adequate planning for the right trees, site match, projected objective, and planned socioeconomic responsibilities did not succeed in several places.

A simple afforestation test chart would naturally run like: afforestation for what purpose and for whom; roles for the actors and proper planning for beneficial tree-resident interaction. This is why we must develop our unique approach to afforestation, community engagement, and government commitment.

 

Since the beginning, trees have provided humans with three of life’s most important elements; food, water, and oxygen, and in recent times, with the advent of global warming and climate change, trees are central to carbon sequestration. They offered additional necessities as humankind evolved, such as shelter, medicine, and tools.

Today, as their role extends to meet the needs caused by our contemporary lifestyles, their value continues to rise, and more benefits of trees are identified including the future of human survival.

 

Here are six reasons why trees are vital

WATER

Trees play a key role in absorbing rainwater and minimizing the risk of natural disasters such as flooding and landslides. Their complex root systems operate as filters, filtering contaminants and reducing the absorption of water into the soil. This method decreases the possibility of over-saturation and flooding while also preventing harmful water-slide erosion. Furthermore, trees boost soil water storage and slow water flow to streams, resulting in perennial rather than temporary streams and an increase in water availability.

AIR

Trees assist in the purification of the air we breathe. They absorb harmful pollutants through their leaves and bark and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. Trees absorb pollution gases such as nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, as well as dust and smoke, in urban areas. Carbon dioxide levels are rising as a result of deforestation and fossil fuel consumption, trapping heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, vigorous trees operate as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon and decreasing climate change’s effects. They also help to prevent soil wind erosion, which has affected food production on extensively deforested land.

SOCIAL EFFECT

The forestry sector offers a range of job opportunities. However, we don’t solely rely on trees for employment. Sustainable tree farming supplies wood for the construction of homes and shelters and wood for cooking and heating. Food-producing trees provide humans and animals with fruit, nuts, berries, and leaves, as well as a variety of other nutrients.  Trees also produce a wide range of pharmaceutical products that are widely used in the medical, dye, cosmetic, and ornamental industries, resulting in significant economic benefits.

BIODIVERSITY

Hundreds of insects, fungi, moss, mammals, and plant species can live in a single tree. Different forest animals require different sorts of habitats depending on the type of food and shelter they require. Forest creatures would have no place to call home if trees were not present. They are a crucial component of maintaining/sustaining biodiversity, which is essentially the entity that sustains life on earth.

ENVIRONMENT

Trees aid in the cooling of the earth by absorbing and storing damaging greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in their trunks, branches, and leaves, and then releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. Pollution and overheating are becoming a real threat as more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, a number that is expected to double by 2050. A mature tree, on the other hand, can absorb an average of 22 lbs. of Carbon dioxide per year, making cities healthier and safer places to live.  In addition, some tree/shrub species have high filtration abilities and are known to absorb poisonous heavy metals and pollutants from inhabited waters, an ability that has helped poor residents that rely on river water to survive. Trees have also been known to reduce landslides and mud-flows, protecting people in susceptible areas all over the world. In essence, trees improve the quality of the environment, which is a significant factor in the inhabitants’ quality of life, whether humans, wildlife, or ecological balance.

HEALTH

Trees can help us relax and reconnect with nature by reducing stress and anxiety.

Did you know that hospital patients who have rooms with a view of trees recover faster than those who don’t? It is tough to deny the sense of satisfaction that comes from walking through a quiet forest. Furthermore, forested areas’ shade helps protect our skin from the sun’s ever-increasing harshness. Naturally, trees play a central role in the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink daily, and the soils that support our life in various systems. These attributes contribute to the social and physical quality of our natural health.

Planting trees is not too difficult. It requires only a committed and capable team. MyFORESTS is one of these organizations that work with experts and in collaboration with governments, NGOs, and regional communities to carry out targeted reforestation and afforestation. Our goal is to assist people in planting and growing as many trees as possible, as this is the best way to improve people’s quality of life by ensuring that local societies have enough clean water.

Thus, here in MyFORESTS we always say, “Our Forest, Our Life!”

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