June 10, 2016 2 min read

Big cities aren't really my thing. I’m more of a country girl. 

The closer I am to the earth, the better I feel.  At first, I didn’t really see the correlation between trees and my happiness. Now, it’s blatantly obvious. Knowing that trees have a positive impact on air quality, maybe it comes down to the fact that I can breathe better.

But what about city living? Is it possible to have that good, close to the earth feeling in an urban setting?  Of course it is! Recent studies have shown that having as few as 10 trees on a city block can create a ripple of positive effects.

Because a large percentage of the population in many countries reside in cities, it's important to incorporate green spaces into urban areas. They increase air quality, improve mental health, and decrease the incidence of cardio-metabolic conditions.

That’s one aspect of how trees promote good health. Now let’s dive deep into the Amazon Rainforest to learn about another. 

Since health is likely the most personal of the 6 pillars of tree planting, I’m going to share a story from my travels with you.

While I was visiting Ecuador, I had the good fortune of spending time in the jungle. I was doing my best to stay healthy, but one morning I woke up with a stomach bug that was not pleasant. Personally, I’m not a fan of taking pills: let nature run its course.

Luckily, the local community I was staying in took good care of me. As soon as I explained my symptoms, they provided me with remedies. Straight from the forest came an assortment of powerful plant medicines. I quickly recovered from what was causing me grief, and was able to get back to enjoying the paradise I was wrapped up in.

So whether you plant a tree in the city or help to reforest the Amazon, you are doing a service to your health and mine. I encourage you do both since, as I often say, it’s all connected. 

The Amazon has long been referred to as the Lungs of the Earth, and sadly it’s losing old growth trees and communities – both which are vital to a healthy planet

In the event that you can’t make it to the Amazon to plant a tree, we’ve got you covered. The local planting, though?That’s in your hands. Go ahead, pick up a shovel, and get digging. Your health will thank you.

Stay tuned for the next post, where we’ll explore how trees support the economy. And in the meantime, consider planting a tree to improve the health of our planet!


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

by Leah Feor

 

Founder, Simply Sustainable