May 31, 2016 2 min read

Trees provide oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Since we as humans inhale oxygen and exhale carbon, trees give us life. When you connect with nature, you see that everything is connected. Without trees, we would not be able to breathe clean air.

Together we’re building a more sustainable planet—and in order to build a strong foundation, we need pillars. One Tree Planted answers the question Why Trees? with 6 solid reasons. These reasons inform the act of tree planting and outline the core benefits of the act. The first pillar is, of course, air, because it’s absolutely vital to our existence.

“Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the greenhouse gas effect, all while providing us with clean air to breathe.”

One big way that trees affect air quality is by reducing outdoor temperatures. This results in less use of energy demanding air conditioning units in warmer climates. Less demand on energy generation will result in fewer pollutants emitted, lower greenhouse gases, and ultimately a lower level of carbon in our atmosphere.

Trees become increasingly important in urban settings as they lend a hand with cleaning the air via their natural cycle of carbon absorption. Remember, trees breathe in pollutants like carbon dioxide, and breathe out oxygen for us to inhale. It’s a pretty neat cycle and is crucially important to living systems.

Stay tuned as I share all 6 Pillars of Tree Planting in a series. Next time, we’ll be talking about water—because without it, life cannot exist. You see? it’s all connected. Now go ahead and thank a tree. Or better yet, why not plant one?

We plant trees on 4 continents around the world. Want to choose where yours are planted?

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