Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. They also lower air temperature, provide shade and shelter, cut down noise pollution, improve water quality, and stabilize soil. That’s a lot more than we do. The least we can do is plant more trees.
Here’s a list of things they do. And still more benefits.
22 Benefits of Urban Street Trees
Article by urban designer Dan Burden.Man Who Planted Trees, The
Oscar-winning short film (30 min.) narrated by Christopher Plummer and based on the classic book by Jean Giono. [DVD]
Benefits of trees from the urban forestry portal
Urban and Community Forestry
A practical guide to sustainability from the National Arbor Day Foundation
Tree City USA: Greening America
Short film (8 min.) explains what community forestry is, the benefits it provides, and what individuals can do to promote it in their hometown. [VHS]
“For a planting cost of $250-600 (includes first 3 years of maintenance) a single street tree returns over $90,000 of direct benefits (not including aesthetic, social and natural) in the lifetime of the tree.”
How to Befriend a Tree
Beginning practitioners of Chinese internal organ massage (Chi Nei Tsang) are taught how to commune with trees. Shouldn’t this be part of everyone’s education?