Why people plant trees
Planting trees is one of the easiest and the most powerful things you can do to have positive impacts on the environment. When you plant a tree, you are giving your next generation a very special gift. It is more sustainable than any other gifts because of the below benefits:
Air: Trees help the air cleaner and give us the better life. They absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen back for us to breathe. In addition, trees also absorb greenhouse gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone and carbon monoxide, help to reduce climate change.
Water: Trees play an important role in storing rainwater, help reducing the risk of natural disasters like landslides and floods. Tree root systems act like filters, make water in the soil cleaner.
Home for many species on the earth: Trees help hundreds of species like mammals, insect, fungi etc. have food and shelter; restore the ecosystem balance and biodiversity.
Health: Trees help us to reduce stress and anxiety. Their shades protect our skin from harshness light of the sun.
Tree planting projects
You can plant trees directly or through tree planting projects around the world:
- The trillion tree community ( 1t.org)
This is a part of the World Economic Forum’s efforts to accelerate nature-based solutions and was set up to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. They have tasks to mobilize a global movement to conserve, restore and plant 1 trillion trees by 2030.
- The Bonn Challenge ( https://www.bonnchallenge.org/about)
The Bonn Challenge is a global goal to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. Launched by the Government of Germany and IUCN in 2011. So far, there are 61 countries involved and 74 pledges made
- Ecosia – web planting trees through search engine (https://www.ecosia.org/)
They use the profit of advertisement from your searches to plant trees where needed most. You can get the free browser extension and plant trees with every search. Every search removes 1 kg of carbon dioxides.
- World Land Trust (https://www.worldlandtrust.org/)
World Land Trust (WLT) was initially founded to raise funds to purchase acres of threatened tropical forest in Belize, Central America for a project called Program for Belize. Pioneering an innovative approach, WLT works with in-country partners to protect crucial areas of land, selecting sites that are rich in biodiversity and that support long-term conservation goals to connect and enlarge protected areas. They support partners with throughout the reforestation process, from the planting and care of young trees, through to their establishment as new forest habitat. With Plant a Tree, you will contribute to global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forests, repairing damaged ecosystems and mitigating climate changes
- One Tree Planted (https://onetreeplanted.org/)
One tree planted is a non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation. As an environmental charity, they are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees
In 2020, they more than tripled the impact that they had in 2019 – they planted 15 million trees!