The importance of trees for our planet
To find solutions for the disappearing of the Trees is one of the most important and urgent things to do.
The importance of trees
Trees are ever so important to our world. They have a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store a large part of this in their tissues. Forests are the habitat of many animals and plants and provide food for fauna and flora. Fruits, seeds, and flowers are the source so life can continue, it is a perfect symbiosis.
Trees as food providers
The fallen leaves provide nutrition for the soil. Trees provide shelter for many animal species and that is also why one should keep the trees safe. Trees have played an important role throughout history, they have functioned as gathering places, for religious services, as magical places and where the elders have told little children the stories of their ancestors. Sacred Grove–
The destruction of trees worldwide
I have been writing in the past about the loss of trees, like the Amazon Rainforest, and how it affects our planet. If you wish to read about it you can visit my post, our dependence on the lungs of the world. A disease detected 100 years ago in California, with no cure in sight, has now migrated to Europe. If you wish to read about it, view my post on how to stop the Ebola of the olive tree.
The clearing of trees to provide pasture for cattle, a field for crop cultivation or just the excessive need for wood, all contribute to our world having fewer trees. One would think it is only negative news which reaches the people and seemingly no solutions are found to this problem.
The other factor one should not forget to mention is the enormous fires worldwide. Huge fires in the US and this year also very big fires in Portugal and Spain to just name a few of the southern countries in Europe who suffer each year this problem.
To then know that often these fires are started intentionally is more than sad. I was wondering if I would someday read something positive concerning trees and I am happy to tell you I came across some really positive information recently.
A great effort
Recently in India, a tremendous effort was made. In only 12 hours 66 million trees were planted. This happy event took place on 2 July 2017. It was organized by the government of Madhya Pradesh. This happy and enormous planting action was made by 1.5 million voluntaries who planted all these trees of 20 different species along the banks of the Narmada river. The banks of this river were carefully chosen and thought to be the ideal place to guarantee the survival of the young trees.
The climate treaty of Paris
India is third on the list of carbon dioxide emissions. During the climate treaty of Paris, it was agreed that India should increase its forests by 5 million hectares by the year 2030 to help combat climate change. India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, in a press conference together with the French president Macron, confirmed his country ’s commitment to the treaty. He said that the protection of our environment and also Mother Earth is of utmost importance. Sadly the USA backed out of this treaty.
A big project in Pakistan
In August of 2017, another very important project was completed. This project took place in Pakistan and had the name: Tsunami of the thousand Million Trees. The project was successfully concluded 4 months before the projected completion date and now should be repeated in the whole country.
The politician Imran Khan
The idea came from a cricket player and politician Imran Khan. He wanted to restore the forests in the province which had been reduced considerably by decades of wood cutting. This again caused the whole region to be prone to inundations and earth slides. In April 2016 heavy showers of rain caused 71 deaths. Mr. Khan said that the melting of the glaciers was due to deforestation in the mountains and that was the reason the project of planting 1000 millions of trees was so important.
When over time the trees absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere the hope is it will influence in a positive way climate change. Pakistan is really vulnerable to climate change and in 2017 it was on place number 10 of countries to be highly affected by long-term changes.
The fact that these 2 countries have planted so many new trees is an example to follow by all the other countries in the world. Whenever there has been a big fire one should always replace the lost trees. For every forest lost to wood cutting a new forest of young trees should be planted. If everybody would do the same our air would certainly be better and our future generation would have a beautiful planet to live on.
If India and Pakistan can do it all countries can do it too. One should be careful what leaders one should vote for as some are sadly doing the contrary to planting, they prefer cutting the trees to earn money now. They completely forget our future generations who will also need clean air to breathe. Mother nature provides for everything. We should use her gifts with intelligence instead of destroying it. Human interference upsets the balance on our Planet, the only habitat we have.
Source: Wikipedia, The Independent, and Positive News, UK.
Photo Source: Pixabay
Perhaps you like to read my post on the Amazon Rainforest.