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A tree is a perennial plant. It has an elongated stem, supporting branches, and leaves all over its limbs. Trees are on the Earth even before the existence of humans. It is said that the presence of trees dates back to 5000 years ago. Trees play a very significant role in our lives. Trees can live without our support but we cannot live without trees. The entire ecosystem depends on trees. The advent of the food chain begins with plants. Trees provide us the essential fuel for our body: Oxygen. Without oxygen, we cannot live. Trees all around surround us. As per medical science, green color is very soothing to eyes, and trees provide us so. The most common trees we see around us are the banyan tree, neem tree, mango tree, peepal tree, sesame tree, etc. Without plants and trees, the survival of life on Earth is impossible to think.
Importance of trees in our lives
1. Oxygen and Global Warming:
Like human beings, trees also breathe. The only difference is that humans and animals intake oxygen and give out carbon dioxide, whereas trees inhale carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. This is a natural cycle made to sustain other living beings. It is a well-known fact that carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases. These gases when released into the atmosphere form a covering and trap the heat from the sun. This is known as the greenhouse effect that is the leading cause of Global warming. Therefore, we should plant more trees as planting more trees will clean the air, which will further reduce the global warming effect.
Trees contribute a lot to their environment. From providing oxygen, improving air quality, conserving water, preserving soil to benefiting wildlife. As we all know, during the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen, which we breathe. Trees also contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Trees are home to many animals, insects, birds, and fungi. This forms a balanced environment that contributes to the betterment of living beings.
Trees not just produce their food but give food also to us. It is found at the bottom of the food chain. They produce their food through photosynthesis. Hence, trees contribute significantly to the whole ecosystem. Further, trees are a rich source of shelter, food, clean air, and medicines that are used to heal our diseases.
3. Water Balance
Water balance includes important phenomena such as precipitation and transpiration. The water from the reservoirs gets evaporated and again falls on Earth in the form of rain. Trees receive this rainwater and hold them in the land. This prevents clean water from flowing and getting wasted in drains. They also act as watersheds. They carry the water from flood for some time, and then slowly release them into the Earth and atmosphere. In this way, they maintain the water base and provide us with a waterbed. The root of the trees hold the soil underground and prevent it from soil erosion. It does so by holding the soil and preventing it from getting washed away during rain and floods. It also prevents landslides in the same way.
4. Healthy Life
Trees provide us so much. It provides clean, fresh air, water, and food to us. Its greenery and freshness also soothe our mind and body. It gives a positive vibe in the atmosphere. Trees give shelter and cool sheds during summers and rainy seasons. Children develop good memory; patients recover easily, and much more. The fresh fruits and vegetables produced by trees help us in improving our eyesight and better growth of the body and brain. There is a lot more than trees provide us so that we can lead a better life.
5. Economy and environment
Trees like almond, coconut, cherry, prune, peach, pear, and many other tree species are grown in orchards for their fruits and nuts. These trees turn out to be a tremendous economic booster for a country. Trees also produce fruits, medicine, and rubber that are exported in many countries. Trees provide wood and paper. Wood plays a major role in the manufacturing industry. Also, the paper is one of the most used products. Trees also act as a natural cooler. More is the number of trees; more cooler is the environment. It can help you to reduce Ac bills and keep the environment natural.
Benefits of trees
There are uncountable numbers of benefits of trees. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Trees clean the air.
- Trees increase property values and business traffic.
- Trees prevent soil erosion.
- Trees slow water runoff.
- Trees reduce noise pollution.
- Trees combat climate change.
- Trees provide oxygen.
- Trees provide a habitat for wildlife.
- Trees cool the streets and cities.
- Trees prevent us from UV Rays.
- Trees provide medicines.
- Trees give us food.
- Trees create economic opportunities.
Value of trees
Trees support many life forms. Birds make their nests, many reptiles, fungi, insects, and animals live on it.
Trees are selfless. They never ask for anything in return for the things they provide us. Several parts of trees, such as roots, leaves, stem, flower, seeds, are also edible. Trees keep the balance in the ecosystem and ecology.
Deforestation is because of the reckless cutting of trees that our ecosystem is losing its balance. Human beings are becoming selfish day by day. The man is cutting down trees to establish livelihood, settlements, industries, and trades. Deforestation rates are surprising. It is not only causing a threat to the sustainability of the environment but also endangering wildlife.
Day by day, the number of trees is decreasing because of human greed. This reckless cutting of trees should be reduced as soon as possible. Otherwise, the entire ecological system will suffer.
Trees are a precious gem for human beings. It is the most valuable gift from our mother nature. They should be properly cared for and looked after. They are a vital part of our lives and our environment.
The reckless handling and brutal cutting of such a valuable resource clearly show how greedy and selfish humans have become. Making use of trees is reasonable, but exploiting them is not. It has become very important that we get alert about the harmful effects of deforestation.
Our needs should be fulfilled, but not at the cost of the environment. All of us should be attentive citizens and plant more and more trees. Then only this world can be a better place to live in.
Trees are often called man’s best friends. They are extremely useful to man, and perhaps God’s most wonderful creations. In fact, man would not alive if there were no trees.
Trees provide us with an abundance of fruits and vegetables of various kinds. Some plants provide lac, some gum, some resin.
All these substances are useful to us in some way or the other way. Really trees are man’s best friend. Timber from wood is used for building houses and making furniture. The roots of some trees and barks of some others have medicinal properties.
Trees like the neem can be used in some form or the other as pesticides, weedicides or fungicides. Many people still brush their teeth with neem twigs.
The coconut palm, of course, is an all-rounder. There is no part of plant that is not useful to man. Hence it is known, here in India, as the ‘Kalpavruksha’ or the wish-yielding tree.
We get woods from the them, and from that woods we make paper for studying, so they are all-rounder for us, as every part of the trees are useful for us.
They provide shade. They make the atmosphere cool. They control the moisture level in the atmosphere and help prevent soil erosion.
Place where there are no trees are extremely hot such as desert area. That’s why we suggest plant a crop (small plant) every day to keep the environment cool.
They also provide us with our life line oxygen for breathing. If there were no trees on the earth we would eventually die just because of lack of oxygen.
They are essential lungs of Earth.
Uses of trees
- They provide us oxygen for breathing
- The plants are only responsible to keep the atmosphere cool
- From olden day’s trees is being part of human life by providing valuable resources like we get vegetables, fruits, wood, even medicine from them.
- They are helpful for preventing soil erosion.
- Basically a plant inhale carbon dioxide and exhale life line oxygen
- They control the dangerous air pollution
- Plants are very necessary for good rainfall.
- Tress is essential to maintain a balance in the ecosystem.
Like good and caring friends, they make life easy and comfortable for us. Hence they are indeed our best friends.
Governments all over the world have realized the importance of trees. Here in India we have extensive tree plantation programme known as ‘Van Mahotsava’ every year.
What not we are taking from plants? From top to bottom they play a vital role in our life.
Advantage of Trees
- We get fruits, flower ,vegetable, and wood
- They provide us timber for our house and furniture.
- We get fuel from wood.
- They also provide medicinal products such as quinine and eucalyptus oil.
- We get paper from trees
- Good rainfall
- Cool atmosphere
- Banyan tree provide good shadow for us
Disadvantage of Trees
Don’t you think we are discussing wrong part, come on friend trees are our best friend, how can we think, and there will be any kind of disadvantage of trees.
We should keep a point in a mind that we should not cut the trees, as they are life savers. So it’s our disadvantage that we are not planting a plant.
It’s our responsibility to plant a plant, for future. Just because of trees we are getting oxygen.
It’s totally on us how we deal with our environment and take further step to save the trees.
Initially government has taken one step towards tree plantation now it our turn to become participants of it. Say no to pollution, go green and save trees.
Why government has taken an initial step to save the trees.
Today population has crossed the limit; we need raw resources to sustain our life style. Human being need lands to build their houses, organization individuals need separate land to build factory, but we are not bothering about the environment.
We are the one who is responsible to disturb the ecosystem. All over the world there is an important topic going on that is Global Warming till date.
Do our next generation will able to see the cool and greenly environment? So it is on us how much we take this topic seriously.
So let’s join the hand with government to save the earth