Trees are the basis of the environment. They serve as homes for animals in ecosystems, take in carbon dioxide, and produce oxygen to sustain life. However, many of our industries rely on the destruction of trees, leading to rapid deforestation. Deforestation is a huge contributor to climate change.
According to the National Geographic, “We need trees for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that they absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale and the heat-trapping greenhouse gasses that human activities emit.”
When these gasses enter the atmosphere, they trap heat, creating a hot and uncomfortable environment. This trend is what causes climate change.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Since 1990, the world has lost more than 420 million hectares or about a billion acres of forest” For context, a football field is about 1.3 acres.
Fortunately, many people are aware of the threat to our environment and are helping to stop it. Famous youtubers like Mr. Beast and Mark Rober helped an organization plant over 20 million trees. Schools and non-profit organizations are trying to help the cause by planting and caring for trees when they have time.
One of these organizations planting trees is Save Our Trees. Created by Susan Wheatley, Ginger Woolridge, and Terri McKenna, they partner with Watershed Stewards Nina Fisher, Mary Ann Marbury, and Laurene Parlatore.
Save Our Trees formed one year ago with a mission to have an immediate and long-term impact on the removal of English ivy and other invasive vines from trees in the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland(Eye on Annapolis).
“Restoring tree canopy is a critical strategy for creating healthy communities. Through our partnerships with Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and hundreds of community leaders across Anne Arundel County, WSA plants thousands of new trees each year. Saving existing canopy trees from destructive invasive vines is vital to ensure local forests are healthy enough to filter water and clean our air. We are thrilled to align our work with Save Our Trees to protect and restore local forests,” said Suzanne Etgen, Executive Director, WSA.
Small organizations like these have a lasting impact on our environment. Save Our Trees has cleared ivy from more than 1,300 canopy trees and aims to double or triple that number in the coming year.
Even the smallest tree has an impact on our environment. It would help drastically if everyone tried to take better care of our trees and plant more.
We can contribute to saving our trees!