Benefits of Planting Trees

Trees play an important role in our lives. Apart from just providing shelter and shade, trees offer a host of other benefit like improving the quality of air, water and global warming. They also add aesthetic ambience to our surroundings
Air Quality Air Quality
  • In an urban environment, native trees can help reduce harmful emissions that create smog. In about 50 years, one single tree can remove 60,000 pounds of air pollution.
  • A single row of trees can reduce street dust by 25%
  • Two mature trees can produce enough oxygen for 4 people
 
Energy Savings Energy Savings
  • Strategically planted trees around your home reduces air conditioning costs by 30%
  • Trees reduce velocity of strong winds and reduces heating costs by 20-40%
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to a 2 tonne air conditioner operating 20 hours a day
 
Water Quality Water Quality
  • Trees planted along waterways help remove over 75% of the nitrates in the ground water
  • Trees act as speed barriers during monsoons, prevent flooding and reduce run off water that gets wasted 
  • Native trees consume  less water thus resulting in saving water and stay healthy even during drought times
 

the specific advantages are:

1. Trees prevent or reduce soil erosion and water pollution. Help recharge ground
water and sustain stream flow. In Tsunami affected areas, green belts create the
following condition in near by villages:

  • Reduce seawater incursion
  • Recharge the under water table
  • Act as a wind barrier at times of cyclones
  • Act as a medium of energy absorption and reduce the impact / eliminate at times of disasters like Tsunami
  • Act as an air conditioner of hot air blowing during hot summers.
  • Regenerate the lost flora and fauna

2. Trees planted as windbreaks around homes can be shields against wind. Windbreaks create a more favorable micro-climate for cropland by reducing wind and heat stress on the crop, while at the same time preventing topsoil loss and reducing soil moisture losses.

3. In today’s polluted environment, trees act as carbon sinks and thus alleviating the "Greenhouse Effect" Planting 100 million trees could reduce the amount of carbon by an estimated 18 million tons per year. 1 acre of new forest will sequester about 2.5 tons of carbon annually. Trees can absorb CO2 at the rate of 13 pounds/tree/year. Trees reach their most productive stage of carbon storage at about 10 years. For every ton of new wood that grows, about 1.5 tons of CO2 are removed from the air and 1.07 tons of lifegiving oxygen are produced.

4. Trees add beauty and grace to any community setting. They make life more enjoyable, peaceful, relaxing, and offer a rich inheritance for future generations

5. Trees also provide food and sustenance not only for the human race but for the entire eco-system