Hey everyone, apologies for my blogging absence of late but its holidays now so my hectic life has slowed down a little.
Saw an eye opening image/quote courtesy of my friend on facebook today. Here it is...
The world is just so materialistic, society perceives trees to be just things that line the roadside, but in reality they are one of the most important things to us as humans.
So using this link..... http://forestry.about.com/od/treephysiology/tp/tree_value.htm I compiled a list of why trees are so important to both the environment and people.
1. Trees produce oxygen. Each and every tree helps to produce and filter the oxygen none of us could survive without.
2. Trees store CO2 (carbon dioxide). This turns the tree into a giant sink that stores carbon and stops it getting into out world and atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. Then when that tree is burned or rots or carbon stored in the roots is released CO2 (and other molecules/chemicals) are released back into the atmosphere. So although it sounds great that they store carbon, they can release it anyway.
this little snippet of info is taken from here. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/ForestCarbon/ 'Forests are considered one of the world’s largest banks for all of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere through natural processes and human activities. They cover about 30 percent of Earth’s land surface, while accounting for 50 percent of plant productivity. As much as 45 percent of the carbon stored on land is tied up in forests.'
3. Trees and other such vegetation help keep the land stable. Plants roots keep the soil stable and helps slow down storm water runoff and erosion. This fact is taken directly from the above link : 'One Colorado blue spruce, either planted or growing wild, can intercept more than 1000 gallons of water annually when fully grown. Underground water-holding aquifers are recharged with this slowing down of water runoff.'
4. Believe it or not, trees actually seem to be important to property as well, having trees about is able to increase the value of your home by up to 15%
5. Trees also help break up wind, this can keep little soil particles and top soils in place and not floating about and provides shelter and a windbreak for soil and vegetation to help stop the drying effect. Plus having shelter can be pretty good for people to, around our houses the shelter created by trees can keep our houses warmer and I can speak from experience when I say it is much warmer tramping in the trees than on an exposed mountain face!
6. Trees also clean the air, the intercept airborne particles and filter out pollutants like sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide by absorbing them!
Plus trees are in general pretty amazing, they provide materials for houses and goods, we climb them, we have picnics under them etc, we all have our own memories surrounding trees and forests like building forts when we were young.
But is i guess the former, providing materials for humans, where the debate occurs. I live in wooden house, and even as i write this i'm sitting on my wooden bunk bed while drinking from my drink bottle which is sitting on my wooden bedside table. And I am in no way suggesting we stop using wooden products, that isn't practical, but I do believe that there are many things that can be don to clean up forestry and change how we fell trees and treat the environment.
There are simply not enough trees to go around, and we need to recognise this, trees do not simply seed and grow in a short amount of time, they take time to grow to a harvest able size and even then, we cant take them all, that isn't sustainable.
and I garee fully with this statement 'A sustainable forest is a forest that is carefully managed so that as trees are felled they are replaced with seedlings that eventually grow into mature trees' from this site http://technologystudent.com/prddes1/susenv1.html
A forest felled in this way would have young trees, mature trees, seedlings and trees being felled. This environment is not only sustainable but also still provides leisure opportunity. There is a Vally not far from where I live where masses of pine trees are grown and then cut down, leaving ugly scars on the land.
So I reckon that trees are pretty great, but we need to develop ideas and technology that can manage their felling, growing and their protection. And there are some crazy cool initiatives out there to help do just that, For example ...
* I use http://www.ecosia.org/, its a normal search engine but it plants trees when you search things.
* Or http://www.paper4trees.co.nz/ which is a recycling prject in schools here in NZ where schools recycling paper/cardboard and get trees to plant! Aweome!
*http://www.celsias.com/ isnt just about Trees but its an awesome site about Climate Change in General.
And there are loads of other such things out there, just keep you eyes peeled for articles in you local newspaper or on a notice board, you would attend a local meeting or debate or even just sign a petition. Making a difference doesn't have to massive and time consuming, every little ting helps!
And in my case every page view counts so share this link around and together we can make a difference to our planets future!