|CeDEP students |
|MBA2009 Stream C|
Take a deep breath, enjoy the fresh air.
Remember learning about trees, the environment and the ozone layer back in school?
It may have seemed a little dry back then. But, trees are important. When trees breathe, they swap nasty carbon dioxide through their leaves and turn it into oxygen for us to breathe through a nifty process called photosynthesis. They convert this carbon dioxide and “sequester” it into stored carbon*, which is used to help the tree grow and make even more trees. Pretty cool, eh?
Obviously, it is not that simple. Yes, there is a debate about global warming and an ongoing battle of statistics and facts about how serious it is. But, even the most recent and skeptical research* shows that planting trees in the right places reduces carbon dioxide, pumps out more oxygen, and helps cool the world’s temperature.
Like all good students, we have done our homework. We know that the benefits trees can give depends on many things, such as the local climate, soil composition, tree species, how it is maintained**. It is complicated, which is why we are working with experts in the tree planting industry around the world to make sure that your tree makes an impact.
Our preferred partner is Trees for the Future, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Their mission is to plant trees in developing countries, helping rural farmers improve their livelihoods by enhancing crop yield. They have planted over 65 million trees since 1988 and are ready to plant tens of millions more each year with the help of all Gearchers.
We know there may still be some of you skeptics out there. Will the world change overnight? Probably not. But, while we’re waiting for these trees to become forests, there are some immediate benefits. There’s protection from soil erosion, flood defense and giving homes to our animal friends, just to name a few.
So, the next time you see a tree…Give it a hug and just say, “thank you”.