I am Shubhra Tyagi, an HR Professional and I have been living in Uttar Pradesh since I was born. With ozone layer delpleting, carbon dioxide levels increasing, forests being cut, birds and animals being displaced, to smoggy unbreathable air in our cities, it wasn't tough to realize that the only saviour is "Trees".
To lower the impact of deforestation admist the concrete jungles we have built, I decided to "GO GREEN". I started planting shade bearing and fruit bearing trees wherever I could find a spot. With time a lot of volunteers joined me and and we started mass planting of trees. So far we have planted more than 1500 trees in local schools, gaushalas, animal shelters, waste lands and community parks in Noida, Greater Noida, Surajpur and Kasna.
We plan to plant 20000 trees in next 6 months with help from all of you. We believe you are equally anxious to save Mother Earth.
We have identified more than 100 Government schools where students and teachers will plant trees and care for them. Acres of wasteland surrounds the metro cities which will be used to plant dense forests using #SeedBalls. Footpaths, colonies, community parks, local markets are all identified for upcoming plantation Drives.
Why We Should Plant More Trees.
As we learned in third grade biology, trees are essential to life. They create the very air we breathe and filter air pollution.
What you may not know is that trees also build soil and help soak up stormwater before it can create a flood, and they offer energy-saving shade that reduces global warming and creates habitat for thousands of different species. Trees also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas.
Most importantly, trees sequester carbon, helping to remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which cools the earth. In fact, a mature canopy tree absorbs enough carbon and releases enough oxygen to sustain two human beings!
The carbon storage capacity of forests is approximately three times as large as the pool of carbon in the atmosphere. If forests are changed, reduced, or eliminated, the captured carbon goes into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2).
Despite their importance to life as we know it, humans have cut down half of all the trees on the planet so far. Every year we cut down over 50,000 square miles of forest worldwide for paper, agriculture, building materials and fuel. That’s an area the size of the state of Alabama! Every year!
The carbon release from deforestation accounts for 25 to 30 percent of the four to five billion tons of carbon accumulating every year in the atmosphere from human activities.
Much of this wouldn’t be necessary if we reduced, reused and recycled more, cultivated hemp for fuel and fiber, and used sustainable and recycled materials in all our buildings. But until this changes, we need to put the trees back any way we can, as fast as we can!
Why are trees so important to the environment?
#1 Trees hold soil in place
Tree roots grow deep into the soil, holding it firmly in place, and help to prevent soil erosion, especially when growing on hillsides and other steep terrain.
#2 Trees sequester carbon dioxide
As most of us learned in school, trees and other green plants take in carbon dioxide that humans and other organisms produce.
Without trees, the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere would be even higher than they are now.
#3 Trees produce oxygen
Through photosynthesis, trees produce oxygen that humans and many other organisms depend on to live.
#4 Some animals are dependent upon trees
Trees provide important habitat for wildlife and are fundamental to many ecosystems on Earth. Some animals live their entire lives in trees.
#5 Trees make cities more livable
A vibrant urban forest is especially important for cities. A healthy urban forest is one of the more important factors in the establishment of livable cities, by bringing nature into an artificial and human-constructed city environment.
Children can learn about nature within the city environment just by being around trees and observing and interacting with them.
#6 Trees help to save energy
Planted strategically, trees on a property near homes and other buildings can help to block wind and create shade. This helps to reduce the need for heating in the winter, and the need for cooling in the summer.
#7 Trees are important for physical and mental wellness
A view of trees and green spaces from hospital windows has been found to increase the healing of patients, decrease our stress, and children do much better in school when they have a view of trees and green space and can spend time playing in nature.
Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in one quarter of all medicines. Ever taken an Aspirin? It comes from the bark of a tree!
Here are the five parameters that explain why trees are so vital...
Trees are like the vacuums of our planet. Through their leaves and bark, they suck up 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. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks; absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide and reducing the effects of climate change.
Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. Their intricate root systems act like filters; removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the ground. This process prevents harmful waterside erosion and reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. According to the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations, a mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000 litres of water every year.
A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Depending on the kind of food and shelter they need, different forest animals require different types of habitat. Without trees, forest creatures would have nowhere to call home.
Did you know that hospital patients with rooms overlooking trees recover faster than those without the same view? It’s impossible to ignore that feeling of elation you feel walking through a calm, quiet forest. Trees help reduce stress, anxiety, and allow us to reconnect with nature. In addition, shade provided by tree coverage helps protect our skin from the ever-increasing harshness of the sun.
Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into their trunks, branches, and leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. In cities, trees can reduce overall temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius. With more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities—a number expected to increase to 66% by the year 2050—pollution and overheating are becoming a real threat. Fortunately, trees can absorb up to 150 kg of carbon dioxide per year, making cities a healthier, safer place to live.
Help us Make Save our Planet from dying an untimely death! Help Us Plant Trees, Save The Planet. Only Rs 25 will help us in planting a tree in the remotest of locations. Please share the word!
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