- Humans cut down 3.5 billion to 7 billion trees each year! This is very concerning because:
- Trees and plants act as the lungs of our Mother Earth. They breathe in carbon dioxide (bad for humans and animals) and breathe out oxygen (good for us). Our very lives depend on these trees for oxygen.
- Trees and plants also filter toxins out from the air, such as benzene, acting as natural purifiers. One large tree can supply one day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
- Trees and plants help prevent flooding.
- Trees and plants are being used for a variety of applications such as natural medicine, natural fertilizer, etc. Still millions of species remain yet to be discovered which may yield additional benefits such as cures for many of today’s diseases.
- A healthy tree can increase your property value by as much as 27% while trees with dead branches, hollow cavities, and other problems can decrease your property value.
- Most of us have grass in our backyards. We spend money and time on fertilizers, pesticides. We waste our water and time. We pollute our environment. Now let us see why it this is destructive for us and the environment:
- Each weekend, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of gas per year and producing nearly 27 million tons of air pollutants.
- According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a new gas powered lawn mower produces as much volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides emissions in one hour of operation as 11 new cars each being driven for one hour.
- These gases are known carcinogens and are especially dangerous to children.
What Can We Do?
- You can start from your place or neighborhood. Convert your backyard to a garden with plants and trees. It is important to select native plants so as to increase the natural biodiversity in your region, and which also may require less maintenance. You can grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. If you live in an apartment, you can grow in plants in small pots, a windowsill, or a balcony.
- Growing trees and plants is not very difficult. You can find most, if not all,of the information online. Others have done it too! Call us, we can help you without any fee.
- Encourage your neighbors to grow trees and plants in their yards.
- Use electric or solar-powered lawn mowers, or use a pushmower.
- BC Wolverton; WL Douglas; K Bounds (September 1989). Interior landscape plants for indoor air pollution abatement (Report). NASA. NASA-TM-101766.