Planting Trees For Climate

Trees are planet earth’s lungs. There are many swift actions we must take to lower global warming; conserving our forests and trees, as well as plant a trillion more trees, are at the very top of the list.

Trees Are Vital

SOURCE: Fairfax County Tree Commission’s Tree Basics booklet.

Trees Provide Oxygen

There are close to 8 billion people living on the globe, and 20 quintillion (20 billion billion) animals, that all require oxygen to survive. Humans take between 12 – 20 breaths per minute. With such an enormous demand for oxygen, we have to constantly monitor the global supply to make sure we can sustain life. Remember, green plants only respire oxygen during the day in the presence of sunlight. As the human population grows, the green volume shrinks, resulting in an inverse relationship that is life-threatening. We must wake up and get planting. Fast.

Trees Store Carbon

Humans exhale C02, which plants inhale to survive. Thus, plants and humans have a beautiful symbiotic relationship. Plants, especially trees, are not only essential for our survival, but they’re extra generous by storing the excess carbon we emit so that our planet doesn’t overheat. However, they do have a limited capacity. They eventually max out and cannot store anymore, so we must plant more trees, while simultaneously lowering the amount of carbon we emit into the air. If we procrastinate, and begin skipping a few years of planting, it eventually catches up with us and we find ourselves behind the 8-ball. We suddenly realize that we need more mature trees immediately, but they take 20, 50, even 100 years to grow to be the right height. Tragically, in one week, nearly 30 billion mature trees were consumed by wildfire along the West Coast. This is particularly grim once you factor in what slow tree planters we are. In 2019, the United States only planted 5 million seedlings. This enormous gap is life-threatening.

Burke Centre Conservancy HOA is a tree planting leader in the state of Virginia, perhaps the entire country, planting more than 300 seedlings in past 12 months, 2019-2020. HUGE Shout Out to James and team.

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Trees Filter Pollutants

According to Forbes, every day, 10,000 people around the world die from air pollution. Trees are our most efficient pollution filters. The greater the tree canopy percent in our communities, the cleaner the air quality.

Trees Give Shade and Lower the Temperature

Our community tree canopy provides shade which can reduce temperatures on average by as much as 10 degrees. No where is this more clear than in the western half of the United States where the air is dry. It might be 120 degrees in direct sunlight in Sacramento, California in July, but step into the shade under a grove of trees, and it’s significantly lower. One resident in Sacramento recorded 90 degrees in the shade. That’s a make or break difference.

Trees Are Source of Health and Wellness

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Trees Stabilize Soil and Reduce Erosion

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I took a walk in the woods
and came out taller than the trees.

—Henry David Thoreau


One shot. Give it all you’ve got.