So how will planting more trees make a difference? For starters, trees are nature’s solution to climate change.
Trees cool the planet by absorbing harmful greenhouse gases and releasing clean oxygen back into the atmosphere. It is actually possible for trees to reduce a city’s temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius.
They also provide natural flood defences by intercepting rainfall as it makes its way to the ground, allowing more time for soil to absorb water. A mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000 litres of water every year!
In addition to combating climate change, trees support our ecosystems by creating a home for hundreds of species of animals, insects and plant life.
Scientists state there are currently 1.7 billion hectares of treeless land available across the world which could be used for tree planting – without impacting agriculture or urban areas. It is one of the biggest and cheapest ways to tackle climate change.
*Source: All information above has been provided by The Woodland Trust.