By Uba Acho
While Ethiopia 🇪🇹 is planting 350million trees 🌳 in 12hours, some ignorant and religious extremists in Nigeria are cutting down trees, even iconic and landmark trees, tagged them evil trees, abode of witches 🧙♀️ and wizards and claimed they’re responsible for people’s poverty and misfortune.
To many of us, our knowledge of importance of trees is limited to the fruits 🍈 they bear for us to feed on. Take sometime out to study and understand how important trees are to your health, to the environment, to wildlife, to the economy, to community life, and to the future.
“Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.
Not only are trees essential for life, but as the longest living species on earth, they give us a link between the past, present and future.
It’s critical that woodlands, rainforests and trees in both rural and urban settings, such as parks, are preserved and sustainably managed across the world.
The canopies of trees act as a physical filter, trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air. Each individual tree removes up to 1.7 kilos every year. They also provide shade from solar radiation and reduce noise.
Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, your blood pressure drops, your heart rate slows and your stress levels come down.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon that they store in their wood helps slow the rate of global warming.
They reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C.
Trees also help prevent flooding and soil erosion, absorbing thousands of litres of stormwater.
Trees host complex microhabitats. When young, they offer habitation and food to amazing communities of birds, insects, lichen and fungi. When ancient, their trunks also provide the hollow cover needed by species such as bats, woodboring beetles, tawny owls and woodpeckers. One mature oak or Iroko tree can be home to as many as 500 different species.
Trees strengthen the distinctive character of a place and encourage local pride. Urban woodland can be used as an educational resource and to bring groups together for activities like walking and bird-watching. Trees are also invaluable for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure.
Soon, for the first time in history, the number of people with homes in cities will outstrip those living in the countryside. Parks and trees will become an even more vital component of urban life. We must respect them and protect them for the future”
Trees are not evil, Trees give Life and improve quality of our health and environment. Don’t be deceived by any illiterate and ignorant man called pastor/Man of God who has only read the bible, and is out to feed on your gullibility.
Cutting down trees won’t elevate anyone or community from poverty, misfortune and illness.
Don’t be anti Nature.