Stop Deforestation & Plant more trees

Stop Deforestation & Plant more trees

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Jaren Dogan started this petition to United Nations Environment Program and

Did you know that we’re losing 18.7 million acres of forests annually, equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute.

 

Now you're probably thinking; why are forests important?

  1.  Forests clean up filthy air
  2. Some 300 million people live in forests worldwide, including an estimated 60 million indigenous people whose survival depends almost entirely on native woods. Many millions more live along or near forest fringes, but even just a scattering of urban trees can raise property values and lower crime.
  3. Nearly half of all known species live in forests, including 80 percent of biodiversity on land.
  4. Forests produce life saving medicines; some 120 prescription drugs sold worldwide today are derived directly from rainforest plants and according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, more than two-thirds of all medicines found to have cancer-fighting properties come from rainforest plants. 
  5.  Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink—soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns.

This list is only a small list of benefits a forests has; let alone an individual tree benefits.

Did you know that trees can reduce violence? Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.  https://www.opb.org/news/blog/ecotrope/study-finds-less-shady-behavior-around-big-trees/

Did you know that national park visitation generated $32 Billion for National Economy in 2015?

Here are some benefits for individual trees to trees living in urban areas.

  1. TREES CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES:
    Fruit harvested from community orchards can be sold, thus providing income. Small business opportunities in green waste management and landscaping arise when cities value mulching and its water-saving qualities. 
  2. TREES BLOCK THINGS:
    Trees can mask concrete walls or parking lots, and unsightly views. They muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.

  3. The addition of trees and shrubs can increase property values by 10 to 20 percent.
  4. Urban neighborhoods with mature trees can be up to 11 degrees cooler in summer heat than neighborhoods without trees
  5. Studies have proven for every dollar spent on maintaining trees, the public receives three dollars’ worth of benefits. It stands to reason that the public receives the most benefit from the preservation of larger mature trees and significant stands of forest.
  6. Trees intercept rainwater aiding soil absorption for gradual release into streams, preventing flooding, filtering toxins and impurities, and extending water availability into dry months when it is most needed.

Now what can we do to solve this issue?

It's a simple and complicated solution; to plant more trees

We could plant more trees in rural areas, which would be great. In fact that is the first step of the problem. A crucial and effective method to help solve this issue greatly is by not only reforesting and planting more trees in rural areas, but by planting trees in urban areas. In your neighborhood and our city.

I'm asking everyone who sees this petition, to not only sign but share to this others and most importantly call on your local, state also federal legislators. 

Sources: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/21-reasons-why-forests-are-important

https://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2010/12/04/top-ten-reasons-why-forests-matter/

https://wwf.panda.org/our_work/forests/importance_forests/

https://www.treepeople.org/tree-benefits

https://www.sandiego.gov/trees/benefits-of-trees

http://mindkeyblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/sometimes-nature-itself-is-remedy.html

https://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/deforestation

I apologize if i got information from your website and forgot to include you as a source and thanks to all who i got the information from.

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