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Top 5 Reasons to Love Trees

Why Trees? Why now?

Just one acre of newly planted trees absorbs 2.5 tons of CO2 annually

Trees — nature’s most innovative and necessary tool.
A single tree absorbs 13-pounds of carbon dioxide per year. For every ton of new tree wood that grows, approximately 1.5 tons of CO2 are removed from the air and 1.07 tons of life-giving oxygen are produced. During a 50-year life span, a single tree will generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution!

780 million tons of carbon removed.
A notable paper by the Worldwatch Institute estimated our planet needs at least 321 million acres of newly planted trees just to restore and maintain the productivity of soil and water resources, meet industrial and fuel-wood needs in the third world, and annually remove roughly 780 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere. That’s 25% of the 2.9 billion tons of carbon currently going into the earth’s atmosphere.

— Source: (Worldwatch Institute, “Reforesting the Earth”)

Trees give.

  • Trees help alleviate the “Greenhouse Effect” and act as carbon “sinks.”
  • They prevent or reduce soil erosion and water pollution.
  • Trees reduce water temperatures and prevent or reduce bank erosion and silt.
  • Trees recharge ground water and sustain stream flow.
  • Properly managed forests provide lumber, plywood and other wood products on a sustained yield basis.
  • Tress significantly decrease noise pollution along busy thoroughfares and intersections.

Earth Day 2016 — Trees for the Earth.
Tree planting was our theme for Earth Day 2016. That year we announced our goal of planting 7.8 billion trees by our 50th anniversary in 2020. We are already well on our way to achieving this goal, but we still need your help to get there. Check out the Canopy Project for more information.


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