We get asked a lot, "why trees"? We love answering that question because it always ends with that person having a new respect for trees or at least more information on them. Here are 4 surprising things trees do for you. Share this post, and help us get this information out there.
1. JUST 6 TREES CAN ELIMINATE A WHOLE CARS WORTH OF CO2 ANNUALLY
Ok, you might have heard this one, but this is our favorite. It puts into perspective the power of trees, and trees live so long, so they will continue to clean our air for hundreds or even thousands of years. The oldest tree we know of is a 5,066-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine located in California.
2. TREES ARE USED TO MAKE ASPIRIN
Not just aspirin, but several chemotherapy medications as well. Tree's can help reduce your risk of heart attack, treat your fever and headache, reduce inflammation, and help treat cancer. That's amazing! Trees have been used for healing for thousands of years, and we are still using them today!
3. TREES REDUCE CRIME
There have been several studies proving how effective trees can be for deterring criminals. We all want to keep our families safe, but who knew we could count on trees to help there too? In 2010, a case study done by the USDA Forest Service found that a 10% increase in tree cover results in a 12% decrease in crime. The average crime rate in the U.S is roughly 3,800 crime victims per 100,000 people, so let's get planting some trees!
4. JUST 2 TREES CAN PROVIDE OXYGEN FOR A FAMILY OF 4
This one is simple. We all need to breathe and trees eliminate the emissions we put out and replace them with oxygen. The more trees we have, the more clean air and oxygen we have, and the less harmful gasses we have in the air. If you are tired of the pollution in your city, plant some trees!