We have decided to plant a tree for every new subscriber to our newsletter. In our eyes the forest is of such vital importance to our existence that we cannot simply accept the current deforestation. In this article we will explain why trees are so important to us, wildlife and the whole planet!
To start with water, trees purify it and slow down rain by filtering it with their roots. This process prevents erosion and reduces the risk of saturation and flooding. It is estimated that approximately ⅓ of the world’s largest cities rely on protected forest areas for a large part of their drinking water.
Trees and forests are often referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet’ for a very simple reason: they produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. This is the exact opposite from how we humans do it, explaining why we are able to live in perfect symbiose with each other. What less people know, trees also absorb harmful pollutant gases such as sulphur dioxide, ozone, ammonia, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. When the percentage of any of these polluting gasses becomes too high it can be life threatening!
And there is more, trees and nature have been shown to improve mental health and cognition in both healthy individuals and those suffering from mental illness. I mean, who doesn’t fancy a walk through the forest right? At least, that is how we look at it, but for some of the world’s most poor it is a pure necessity to go into the forest and gather food, drinks and equipment. In some tropical and subtropical regions these gatherings can account up to 28% of total household earnings.
It is said that forests support approximately 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, ranging from small invertebrates to large mammals. Next to that, trees also support large numbers of insect populations, with some trees supporting upwards of 300 species of insect. That is 300 different species on a single tree!
Did we mention that trees capture carbon already? Every year forests and trees absorb the equivalent of 2 billion tonnes of CO2, that is roughly ⅓ of all CO2 released from the burning of fossil fuels! However, this also means that once we cut these trees a large quantity of CO2 is released. A saddening 18% of global emissions comes from deforestation!
All of the above is not even all of it, but it is definitely enough for us to decide to help. Well, together with you that is. If you sign up for our newsletter, or tell your friends, family or colleagues to do so, we will plant a tree. It really is as simple as that! And on top of that, you will receive very occasional updates on freshly added sustainable brands on PLATFRM!
Want to find more information or plant a whole forest yourself? Visit tree-nation’s website here!