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Tree Our Best Friends - Detail Environmental Statistics from Pulse Uniform

By Zaf Udin 04/18/2012


We know for a fact that trees are important especially to the environment and to the development of civilization. It is also valuable and necessary to our very own survival. And the continuous existence of trees is what makes our lives better.

Some benefits of trees are pretty apparent for all of us such as the fact that it produces oxygen, act as windbreaks, cleans the air and soil, serves as shade and shelter from the sun, and makes our landscape more beautiful. The trees are source of materials for our medicines and so many other social benefits that may not be that obvious to men. It is therefore of utmost importance that we take care of the trees around us since not only do they impact our lives in a big way but they totally improve the quality of our lives for the better.

Social and Psychological Benefits

Have you noticed that a community with a lot more greenery has more children playing outside? This ability for children to interact with other children in the community creates a bonding not only in the younger generation but also with the parents and other members of the community. Because there is better and healthy social interaction between children and adults and the whole community, there are lesser chances of them being involved in drugs, juvenile delinquency and/or becoming members of gangs. Urban and suburban areas with sidewalks with trees as shades encourage members of the community to do more walking rather than driving creating a friendlier atmosphere. Most likely these areas would also have small parks which promote participation in community sports activities which in turn helps relieve stress in people. Studies have shown that views of natural scenes such as trees can even influence the recovery of patients allowing them shorter postoperative stays, fewer complaints, and needed less pain killers. Also, studies have shown how trees and other urban vegetation help in lowering blood pressure, slowing down heartbeats and a more relaxed brain wave patterns. This is the reason why further studies have shown that fewer violence reports in communities with trees .

Trees reduce glare and reflection. Deciduous trees when planted in the right places, like the west and south sides of our homes and community, can block the sunlight during summer but gives our homes warmth during winter. Trees absorb and block noise and well placed trees can reduce noise by as much as 40 percent since the leaves and branches absorb the sound waves such as those made by the highway noise. By absorbing and blocking noise, the trees helps prevent further stress, irritability, aggressive behavior, hypertension, and higher cholesterol levels which are caused by constant and extended exposure to noise. More so, trees can add music since these will attract birds and other animals. Not only do trees screen unattractive views but it also serves as attractive views that provide a wide variety of color and wondrous smell that perfume the air with its flower scents.

Communal Benefits

Trees become like a communal property since they occupy large spaces which affects the whole neighborhood not only the owner of the tree. Planning on how to properly maintain it or use these trees becomes the responsibility of the whole community and not just the owner. So much so that laws and policies are even enacted to make sure that the members of the community are taking care of the trees in whatever capacity or functions these trees are playing for the community. Sometimes these trees, especially those in the urban areas or cities serve architectural and engineering functions such as to provide privacy, serve as background to enhance architecture and even direct pedestrian traffic and provide traffic control. By deciding where the trees should be planted the city architects can create a route that people should take or by following the desired lines that people usually follow and lining them up with trees as shades can create walkways. On the other hand it can enhance traffic safety by slowing traffic to safe speeds since trees planted along the way in regular intervals seems to act as walls that guide drivers to focus ahead rather than looking elsewhere.

Environmental Benefits

The environment benefits from trees comes in so many different ways, from creating the ecosystem that provides the natural habitat that supports birds, animals and a wildlife of flora and fauna to moderating climate by reducing wind speed to lowering urban temperature to improving air quality to conserving water to reducing urban runoff and erosion and many more. The benefits that we get from trees are endless and our environment and the continuous existence of life is certainly aided by the presence of trees. The natural cycle of growth, reproduction, and decomposition are present every time we continue to plant more trees.

Trees are to our planet as a lung is to any human. The leaves of the trees remove dust and other particulates and thus filtering the air we breathe. The pollutants are then washed to the ground by rain. Leaves absorb carbon dioxide as well as other major air pollutants including ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide and in turn give off oxygen in the process of photosynthesis.

Studies have shown that:
300 trees can remove the amount of pollution produced by 1 human being for a lifetime.
1 tree is enough to absorb 48 lbs of carbon dioxide in the air in a year.
Lowers urban temperature by about 3C.
1 tree collects and breaks 2380 gallons of rainfall a year reducing runoff and flooding

Economic Benefits

The world gets a lot of economic benefits from the trees, knowingly and unknowingly. There are direct and indirect economic benefits from trees. Direct benefits are those that have something to do with energy costs like what we save with annual cooling costs or the energy used for heating. During hot summer months, trees and their shades minimize the need for air conditioning. Trees also release moisture into the air and thus cooling a wide area not just those houses and building directly shaded by trees. During cool winter nights, trees minimize the amount of energy used for heating since it buffers the wind. Indirect benefits are those that the whole community or state gets like what the community saves when no or fewer facilities are built to counter storms, run offs, landslides and other calamities caused by the absence of trees. Also, consumers in the communities get lower electric bills because the power companies do not have to spend as much on facilities, fossil fuel, and less water need in their cooling towers. As a whole, the trees help us save huge on money that could produce what one tree can actually produce including worth of oxygen, air pollution control, recycling of water, and save us on costly soil erosion control structures and pollution control technology operation.

Amount of money one tree produces and saves in half a century:
Generates $31,250 worth of oxygen
Provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control
Recycles $37,500 worth of water
Controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion
Saves $136 daily on pollution control technology operation

Studies have also shown that trees stabilize the economy of the community as well as stimulate retail and commercial business districts. Shopping districts with more trees and well-landscaped areas and where parking can be done in shaded areas attracts more shoppers, encourage longer and more frequent shopping trips and thus increasing sales and revitalizing declining downtowns. Aside of course from the fact that real estate property value of houses, apartments and office buildings increase by almost 5 to 18 percent. Apartments and offices are rented so much quickly when in an area with abundant trees.

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