Trees are a world into and of themselves. They play a decisive role in preserving the ecological system and our ability to protect (or save) the planet on which we live. An individual tree is a wonderful and vital ecological system, and its impact on our lives is tremendous.
Let’s dig down into the assorted advantages these fascinating organisms provide us.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) capturing
Trees are the most effective technology today for CO2 sequastration, in other words, reducing the quantities of the gas that is considered the most common greenhouse gas. A single tree in the Climate Forest project will, over the course of its life (assuming 30 years), capture and store 0.896 tons of CO2, and as a result, contributes significantly to our ability to combat climate change.
During photosynthesis, the tree releases oxygen as a byproduct, and oxygen is an essential source of life for us. The amount of oxygen a tree can produce over its life span depends upon the type of tree, its size and environment, but it is customary to state that a single tree produces approximately 700 kg of oxygen over the course of its life. To illustrate, a person consumes an average of 0.79 kg of oxygen a day.
Capturing polluting particles
Trees can remove a variety of pollutants (PM2.5, PM10 and ozone) when the particles and gases settle on the tree, which absorbs the pollutants through microscopic pores (stomata) on their leaves. Studies have shown that trees can lead to up to a 20% reduction in urban pollutants.