We have always learnt that trees are life-giving, source of oxygen and lots more. We at Vanashakti have compiled 6 compelling reasons why we MUST plant more and more trees.
1. 7-8 trees are required to generate enough oxygen for one person.
Do you think your city has enough for all?
2. 160 trees per person is required in India to absorb all CO2 produced in the country.
3. Clean Air
Researchers at the Davey Institute found that urban trees and forests are saving an average of one life every year per city because of the particulates that they remove from the air. A study in the Journal of Preventative Medicine found that people experienced more deaths from heart disease and respiratory disease when they lived in areas where trees had disappeared. Trees are often referred to as the “lungs of the planet” because of the oxygen they provide to other living things.
4. Increased Property Values
People are drawn to homes and businesses near trees. The proof is in the prices: property values are 7 percent to 25 percent higher for houses surrounded by trees and consumers spend up to 13 percent more at shops near green landscapes. Workers in offices in wooded areas report more productivity and less absenteeism.
Source: 1 & 2
5. Temperature Control
The shade and wind-breaking qualities that trees provide benefit everyone from the individual taking shelter from a hot summer day to entire cities. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. Planting trees reduces this “heat island effect”. And households with shade trees could spend 12% less on cooling costs in the summer.
6. Trees absorb and block noise and thus reduce stress.
A well placed tree can reduce noise by as much as 40 percent. Shouldn’t more trees be planted along side roads in metro cities such as Mumbai?
Aren’t these reason enough to plant more trees?