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Why We Need Trees to Survive [Part 2]

Trees are extremely important to us humans and the world in general. It is important to preserve trees for our survival.Trees provide us with oxygen that we need to breathe to live. Our body breathes in oxygen and we breathe out carbon-di-oxide. Trees do  the opposite. They breathe in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In this way, trees make sure that we have pure oxygen to breathe without which we cannot live.

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Here are some more benefits of trees:

8. Trees Help Prevent Soil Erosion:

On hillsides or stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.

9. Trees Shield Children From Ultr-violet Rays:

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds – where children spend hours outdoors.

10. Trees Provide Food:

An apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year and can be planted on the tiniest urban lot. Aside from fruit for humans, trees provide food for birds and wildlife.

11. Trees Heal:

Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.

12. Trees Help Reduce Violence:

Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.

13. Trees Mark The Seasons:

This is true, especially with those parts of the world that have more than the conventional Wet and Dry seansons as we do in Nigeria and most parts of Africa. Is it winter, spring, summer or fall? Look at the trees.

14. Trees Create Economic Opportunities:

Fruit harvested from community orchards can be sold, thus providing income. Small business opportunities in green waste management and landscaping arise when cities value mulching and its water-saving qualities. Vocational training for youth interested in green jobs is also a great way to develop economic opportunities from trees.

To be continued…

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