They provide us with shade, clean and cool the air, provide fresh drinking water, help reduce greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, provide shelter and food for wildlife— not to mention food, lumber and medicinal products for us.
Nature’s longest-lived creations are absolutely vital to our health and the health of the planet.
They might also be the most underappreciated facet of our daily lives. The truth is we don’t pay much attention to trees. And as the most effective models for our children, chances are, neither do they.
But they should. Besides just keeping us and our planet alive, trees offer so many amazing benefits to us and to kids, with more benefits uncovered all of the time.
Here are 6 amazing ways that trees help kids:
We can teach our children to return the favor by helping trees are healthier and more plentiful.
Here are some actions you and your child can take to help trees:
Plant a tree. The US Forest Service found that we lost 36 million trees annually from urban and rural communities over a five-year period from 2009 to 2014. Fight this trend by planting a tree in your backyard, school grounds or community garden (with appropriate permission) or organize a tree-planting day at your school. Check out the UK-based Woodland Trust’s guide to planting trees.
Plan a Tree Planning Event. The National Wildlife Federation provides free native tree seedlings to partners who in turn plant them through local restoration projects or community tree giveaway events.
Pledge to plant a tree. The Woodland Trust is calling on one million people to pledge to plant a tree to help us fight the climate emergency this Nov 30th.
Be a #TreeChampion. National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. This National Tree Week become a Tree Champion and help us ensure a tree-filled future.
Befriend a tree. By becoming a friend to a tree, your child can learn not only about the vital role of trees, but they will develop an appreciation for these dependable but dynamic organisms
Support efforts to plant trees. The Nature Conservancy hopes to plant a billion trees and your donation can help them do it.