Trees are a vital part of many ecosystems, providing clean oxygen and animal habitat. Unfortunately, many trees are being destroyed by the effects of climate change. Record temperatures have caused massive fires to sweep through forests and communities, burning down many trees. Forests that have been plagued by drought are weakened, giving an easy target to parasitic insects that ultimately kill the tree. Hundreds of dead trees, dry landscapes, and a warming climate are the perfect recipe for devastating wildfires. While small fires may contribute to a healthy forest, climate change is causing fires to burn out of control. Many trees have been destroyed and communities threatened.
Because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they can help us to offset our carbon footprint. A single tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon per year. Not only do they absorb carbon dioxide, but they are also able to absorb harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide.
Trees planted in communities can cut down on energy use by providing shade and keeping buildings cool without the use of electricity. Planting just a few trees around a home can reduce energy use by up to 30%. Less electricity means less carbon emissions and pollution entering the atmosphere.
By planting trees, we can help to reduce the amount of carbon and air pollution. Just one planted tree can produce seedlings for years to come. The more trees that grow, the cleaner the air will be.