LONG LIVE THE TREE
In recent history we have experienced more and heavier floods, climate change, poorer air quality, more and longer droughts and higher incidences of depression. So why are we constantly cutting down forests for agriculture and trees for developments? Is it that our educational system failed us by not teaching human ecology, the study in understanding the interdisciplinary connections between humans and the natural and social environments.
Trees produce the majority of oxygen. They absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out and release the oxygen for us to breathe. If there were no trees, there wouldn’t be anything else to absorb the rain and release it into to the air. They purify the air by absorbing pollutants and they prevent erosion by calming the effects of winds and rain and prevent run-off by absorbing the water.
And food is another gift trees give us, like fruit and its seeds to create more fruit. And though I like to think our country should be more invested in solar and other alternative energies, these dead trees falling in the forests decay and eventually provide us fossil fuels…and I hate to say it, plastics.
Think twice about supporting cutting down trees. Thank our trees for our existence. They Provide us clean air and oxygen to breathe, cool our cities during heat waves, save water, protect us from floods, prevent soil erosion, provide hoes for wildlife and provide food. It has also be shown that walks in parks and nature trails lifts spirits and helps suffered of depression. And they are good for our health even when we are just looking at them through a window, as studies have shown that “patients with tree views heal faster and with fewer complication.”