by Valentina “Aling” Jakosalem | CIT-U AB Communication Intern
Planting trees is very important but this important fact has been abused and taken for granted.
The importance of trees in an urban area has been discussed in the schools, seminars and conferences for many times. But unfortunately, only few actions are seen in urban areas.
What most of the people thought that planting trees is best done in rural areas is absolutely wrong. Because planting trees in rural areas is as important as planting trees in urban. Or better yet, the urban areas need more trees because of man-made pollution problems that only trees can solve. Thus, it is better to inform people why planting trees is very important.
Planting trees in urban areas prevents flood.
Flood is not a stranger anymore to Philippines especially in the urban places. The height of the flood could reach up to the shoulder of a man having an average Filipino height. Because of the flood, several light vehicles could be seen slowing down worsening traffic jams, getting people sick, stranding hundreds of commuters , and causing delay.
Everybody knows that the roots of the trees absorbs the water. In this way, trees can help and alleviate flooding.
Planting trees in urban areas improve health and well-being of an individual.
Aside from the fact that trees produces clean oxygen which is good and important for everybody, green spaces provide important recreational areas for communities to enjoy and are linked to improved mental well-being. With greener areas in urban areas, the people are encourage to do recreational activities that boost health living. Also, trees provide healthy and beautiful places for children to play and learn.
Planting trees in urban areas improve air quality.
Trees do not just give off oxygen, it also absorbs carbon dioxide odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) produced by cars, buildings, corporations and from human activities.
Planting trees in urban areas boost property values.
Trees beautify place. It adds color, appeal and value. Trees are something that can draw the eye of the business minded people. Trees attract even foreigners to come back to the specific place.
Planting trees in urban areas cool the place.
Trees cool the city by shading our homes and streets, lowering the temperature and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
Planting trees in urban areas increase economic development.
Have you heard that money grow on trees? From a single tree, you can actually produce many things from it that you can sell to many people. From its leaves to its roots, you can make use of it. Also trees can be used for personal use at home.
There are many reasons why planting trees in urban areas is very important. Planting tree is as easy as counting from one to ten. Let us not wait for the moment where all we could do is regret. Start planting trees and see the change it can make to not just to you but to everyone.