For anyone who wants to play their part in protecting the environment, planting a tree is a great idea. This is because trees are essential to the future of this planet that we call home. They help to reduce pollution. They also help to clean the air that we breathe each day.
Put simply, the Earth cannot survive without trees. Organisations around the globe recognise this fact. For instance, in January 2020, the World Economic Forum launched an initiative to grow, restore and conserve one trillion trees. That is an impressive commitment. You may not be able to make a huge difference like that, but every tree counts.
Why is tree planting so important and how can you make a difference? Find out why you should support tree planting initiatives and found out how you can do just that by taking a look at the organisations in this blog.
Benefits that tree planting brings to the planet
Trees are amazing! They provide shade and a home for birds and other wildlife. But these aren't the only reasons you should think about planting trees. Here are the key ways that trees help our planet every day.
Helping to reduce ozone pollution
Pollution and ozone levels are major concerns in urban areas. Research shows that planting trees helps to reduce peak ozone levels and lessen pollution problems. While planting trees does not solve these problems on its own it's definitely a big help.
Reducing runoff and erosion
Trees help to reduce runoff and ground erosion by reducing the force of rain as it falls to the ground and storing water. The roots of trees and leaf litter also help to create soil conditions which improve the infiltration of water into the soil.
Benefits that tree planting brings to people
Tree planting also brings a couple of really important benefits for humans. Besides helping us to feel connected to nature and maybe even improving our mental health, trees are really good at doing the following:
Giving us oxygen
You need oxygen to breathe; just like every other human being. Trees help with this. They take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to create carbohydrates to help them grow. As a result of this process, they release oxygen back into the atmosphere. On average, a mature tree can release enough oxygen to sustain two people.
Creating a quieter environment
There is no getting away from the fact that urban areas can be very noisy. This is especially the case in areas which are close to busy roads where traffic noise is a major problem. Strategic tree planting can help to reduce noise levels by several decibels. This means that trees can be useful for helping to reduce noise pollution.
And not to forget: trees store carbon!
It's clear that trees (and planting trees) are essential to the health and well-being of our planet and its people. So what can you do to help?
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How to join the tree planting revolution
There are lots of ways you can contribute to tree planting projects around the world. Here are a few organisations making it easy for you to plant trees and support the environment.
Charitable tree planting organisations
You may want to donate money, as an individual or a business, to make sure that trees are planted. There are several organisations that can help you to do this. TreeClicks is currently working with WeForest given their extensive reporting and scientific expertise that they use for tree planting. Check out the list below to read about WeForest and some other tree planting options that you may want to consider. Just remember to always do your research in selecting a responsible and well-regarded tree planting project.
This organisation encourages people to donate money to help with its work. This work involves partnering with corporate and scientific experts to develop forest landscaping solutions that are sustainable and scalable. The result of this work is to help communities to manage forests and natural resources in a way that is beneficial to the environment. It's important for communities to be able to do this in order for the planet to survive into the future.
One Tree Planted
This environmental charity makes it easier for individuals and businesses to join the tree planting revolution. The organisation has been in existence since 2014 and has planted millions of trees. The charity works with expert reforestation partners to restore areas of forest in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa. It's essential work that helps to build communities and create jobs as well as planting trees that are vital to the environment.
Trees For All
Trees For All looks for business and private donations to help it complete its plant a tree projects. These projects involve planting trees in the Netherlands and across the world. The organisation works with local populations in order to create solutions that are beneficial to local farmers and to forest landscapes.
Each of the charities we've listed allows you to plant trees and support the protection of global forest areas.
Install TreeClicks and plant trees for free while shopping
TreeClicks works a little differently and arguably makes planting trees even easier. Instead of donating money to a tree planting charity, you get to plant trees while you shop, at no extra cost to you. Simply install the TreeClicks browser extension or download the TreeClicks app. Then shop at one of our 50,000+ partner stores, including big names like eBay, Amazon and ASOS.
(Find out how to plant trees x2 when you shop with TreeClicks and Amazon Smile here.)
How does TreeClicks plant trees?TreeClicks receives a referral fee every time one of our users shops at one of our partner stores. We then use this fee to support tree planting initiatives around the world – in Australia, Tanzania and the Amazon rainforest (to name just a few). We acknowledge that consumerism is bad for the environment. But for those times when you need to buy something, shopping sustainably and using TreeClicks is the kindest thing you can do for the environment.
Our users don’t pay any extra for their products, which means they can plant trees for free! And by using the TreeClicks browser or app, they can plant trees with very little effort too! We’ve already planted thousands of trees. Together with our users we hope to plant thousands more over the coming years – helping the planet and its people in the process.
In summary - how to plant a tree
Trees are far more than part of the environment that is good to look at; although the beauty they provide is important. Trees are the lungs of the planet that we live on. Without them, the planet will eventually die; just like you would without your lungs.
This is why it's so important to make sure that forests are looked after in a sustainable way. Destroying forests completely is just not an option, if we want future generations to be able to live on this planet as we do.
You may not be able to protect forests all by yourself, but you can play a part. You can do what you can to make sure that trees are planted on an ongoing basis, and that communities are protected as a result. Using the TreeClicks plugin means that you automatically ensure that trees are planted every time you shop at certain big-name stores. You can also choose to donate to organisations that are completing projects which involve the planting of trees as well as working with communities to ensure that forests are treated in a sustainable way, on an ongoing basis.