CHLOROPHYLL - MAKES MOTHER EARTH GREEN

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GLOBALIFE FOUNDATION is registered under Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950.

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WHY TO SAVE TREES ?

Do you know that each one of us requires 625 square feet surface area of greenery to produce our daily oxygen needs? That's reason enough to know more about these wonderful creations of God and the fate Man has pushed them into by his greed and carelessness. 

Trees are the largest and longest living things on earth and they live much longer than animals.

And do you know how long it will take to cut this down? Just 3 hours. But it cannot be created again and we'll have to wait many years to get back a tree of the same size and usefulness. So even planting of 3000 saplings cannot justify cutting down one single tree today.

  • Trees are silent and selfless servers that work non-stop 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without a single second's break.
  • They produce oxygen by a process called Photosynthesis whereby it absorbs harmful carbon dioxide and releases several thousands of rupees worth of life- giving oxygen free of cost.
  • The absorption of carbon dioxide that is a 'Green House' gas helps slow down Global Warming. If there is a steep depletion of forest cover, then the quantity of oxygen in the air is sure to go down.
  • Not only as producers of oxygen are trees important in making the earth a more livable place: they act as very good sound barriers reducing noise pollution; and the green curtain reduces the force of wind, which otherwise will blow up so much dust and sand that we'll hardly be able to see who is next to us. Trees cool hot days and keep warm at nights.
  • The roots of trees, besides binding the soil together and preventing erosion, also hold moisture and conserve groundwater. They are good raw materials for many natural drugs. Leaves are used as green manure and their litter actually increases water infiltration into the soil thereby conserving groundwater.
  • Flowers provide food for birds and insects and are used for making things like drugs, dyes, perfumes and so on.
  • Trees ensure seasonal rains, reduce floods and house insects, birds and animals.
  • Trees give us vegetables, fruits, nuts, firewood, furniture wood, coffee, cocoa, rubber, cotton, carpets, mattress, oil, soap, honey, candles, medicine, gum, match stick, paper, fossil fuels, brooms etc.
  • In fact not a moment in our lives can pass without our having to depend on trees. 

What is the value of a tree?

  • Four trees planted around a home can save up to 30% on summer cooling costs.
  • Four hundred trees capture 140,000 gallons of rainwater annually.
  • Trees in commercial parking lots induce shoppers to spend 11% more for goods and services.
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen provide the cooling equivalent of ten room-size air conditioning units.
  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating.

And what have we done to the trees in return?

We have destroyed almost 89% of the forest cover that the earth had in the 19th Century. The remaining 11% too is under serious threat of ruin.

There are many ways by which our environment is getting polluted and unfit to live. Our environment should be very clean and free from pollution, all fit for us and our loved ones. Nowadays, the environmental issues have become so threatening that it has become alarming to the environmentalists.

There are several reasons behind this alarming situation and condition that has cropped up in the present world. Thus it has become our responsibility as a citizen to save the environment from the present risks and coming ones too. The awareness in people is essential and this will make a great difference.

There are many reasons that have contributed to the environmental threats. These includes Deforestation, Accumulated Wastes, Industrial Effluents etc,

As a result Global Warming

These are very common problems in the world today. So we need to fight against these. There are certain simple ways by which you can stop the effect of the global warming that can destroy the people living in this world.

One of the simple way is ‘Plant Trees and Save them’

Why to Plant Trees:

  • Trees absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help to keep the planet cool. So by planting more trees in our community we can reduce the amount of harmful gas in the atmosphere.
  • They evaporate water to the atmosphere and increase cloudiness, which also helps keep the planet cool; and they are dark and absorb a lot of sunlight, warming the Earth.
  • The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.
  • Every year 10 million Indians die. For cremation purposes 50 million trees are cut down. That means that just to balance out the "carbon footprint" of dying we must plant 5 trees in our lifetime. 
  • It takes 17 full grown trees to produce one ton of paper. Seventy-five percent of a tree harvested for paper does not wind up as paper product. 
SAVE TREES

WHY TO SAVE TREES?

Trees clean the air. Tree foliage works as a natural air filter of particulate matter such as dust, micro sized metals and pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen oxides, ammonia and sulfur dioxides. Trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Combined with the cooling effect of trees, these processes can have a significant impact on reducing smog and overall air pollution.

Trees improve water quality. A healthy urban forest can have a strong influence on our region’s water quality. Tree canopies and root systems slow and reduce storm water runoff, flooding and erosion. Trees also help filter water runoff reducing potential sources of water pollution into our rivers and storm drains.

Trees save energy. Trees cool the air naturally in two ways: through water evaporating from the leaves and direct shade. Homes shaded by trees need less energy for cooling which means lower monthly utility bills in summer and a reduced need for utilities to increase power generation to meet peak load demand.

Trees raise real estate value. Shaded neighborhoods and well-landscaped yards have a positive economic influence on real estate values, timeliness of house sales and neighborhood desirability. Studies report that landscaping speeds the sale of a home by four to six weeks.

Trees are good for business. A series of studies has investigated associations between the urban forest and people’s response to shopping settings. Scientific results suggest that having trees in the business district streetscape is an important investment for a business community. The presence of a quality urban forest positively influences shoppers' perceptions, and probably, their behavior.

Trees help stop inner city violence. A scientific study by the Human-Environment Research Lab has demonstrated that contact with nature may actually help reduce the incidence of aggression and violence in inner-city neighborhoods. According to this study, levels of aggression were significantly lower among people who had some kind of nature outside of their apartments versus those who didn't.

The impact of the physical environment on human aggression has been well-established - crowding, high temperatures, and noise have all been linked to violent behavior. Some scientists believe that it's because people living under these conditions suffer from something called chronic mental fatigue, which can make them inattentive, irritable, and impulsive - all of which can be linked to aggressive behavior. Exposure to green spaces, it has been shown, can mitigate the harmful effects of chronic mental fatigue, reducing aggressive behavior in the process.

In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.

What You Have To Do? 

  • Respect trees and plants and refrain from plucking leaves/ grass/flowers unnecessarily.  
  • Do not burn the dried leaves under the trees, instead allow them to mulch.
  • Break or loosen the concrete around the tree trunks and substitute with garden soil and manure.
  • While constructing driveways, walls in your own home, remember to keep adequate open space for the trees growing there.
  • Remove the advertisements nailed on trees and fill the holes with soil or Boradoux mixture powder.
  • When you see a tree or its branches being cut or digging near the trees, check whether permission has been taken from the concerned authorities.
  • Plant trees and plants wherever you can whenever you can.

Tree Planting Information

  • Plantations help in increasing the moisture in the air and in reducing the temperature and so help encourage rainfall in the area.
  • As far as possible, native trees should be planted. Trees like Eucalyptus, Australian Acacia, Lantana, Lucena, Mast tree (False Ashoka) should be avoided.
  • Compost manure should be applied during plantation and during the initial growth phase of the plants. Fertilizers should not be added.
  • Saplings should be watered regularly during times of a dry spell.
  • Tree guards should be provided for roadside plantations.

We urge the government to:
  • Bring to an immediate halt all tree felling in the name of progress and development. 
  • Propose alternatives which marry the legitimate needs of the city along with the preservation of trees.
  • Set in place consultation mechanisms, which involve local residents, planners, and other concerned citizens, so that any tree cutting is subject to prior review.
  • Make a full disclosure of the trees, which have been cut over the past three years, the locations of compensatory afforestation, their species, and their year-wise survival rate.
  • Make a full disclosure of the trees slated to be cut now, the location specific justification for this for any transport corridor or road widening, and the efforts planned to avoid the cutting.
  • Have clear guidelines for leaving adequate space around trees to allow them to breathe and take in rain, where new roads are built.
  • Avoid the cutting of roadside and colony trees for other utilities in the city, and ensure that such plans accommodate and not destroy existing trees 
  • Ensure that all future infrastructure development integrates existing trees, and more generally enhances greenery and natural topography. Designs must be also friendly for pedestrians, cyclists and children, the disabled and the elderly.
  • Ensure accountable and transparent processes in designing and executing projects like the Metro,  flyovers, etc. Citizen participation must be integrated into the decision-making process from the project’s inception. 

What is Kyoto Accord ?

The Kyoto Accord is an international treaty whereby countries agree to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they emit if their neighbours do likewise. It is a very complex agreement that allows trading pollution credits. If it is cheaper to reduce emissions in country A, then country B can buy the pollution credits, and have them count toward its own quota of reductions. Happily, the global atmosphere does not care where the greenhouse gas reductions come from.

The current Kyoto round calls for a greenhouse gas emission reduction of 6% in Canada and 5% in the USA.

Why Ratify The Kyoto Accord?

After millions of years of remaining constant, greenhouse gas levels, particularly CO2, started to climb sharply at the beginning of the industrial revolution. They are now almost certainly higher than they have been in 20 million years. This is not a natural fluctuation. It is a side effect of us humans diligently burning the oil, coal and forests. These greenhouse gasses trap heat in the atmosphere, much like a giant greenhouse. The heating is called global warming.

Fair targets and flexible ways of meeting them

The Kyoto Protocol requires developed countries to reduce their GHG emissions below levels specified for each of them in the Treaty. These targets must be met within a five-year time frame between 2008 and 2012, and add up to a total cut in GHG emissions of at least 5% against the baseline of 1990. Review and enforcement of these commitments are carried out by United Nations-based bodies. The Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.” This has two main reasons. Firstly, those countries can more easily pay the cost of cutting emissions. Secondly, developed countries have historically contributed more to the problem by emitting larger amounts of GHGs per person than in developing countries.

In order to give Parties a certain degree of flexibility in meeting their emission reduction targets, the Protocol developed three innovative mechanisms - known as Emissions Trading, Joint Implementation and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). These so-called ”market-based mechanisms” allow developed Parties to earn and trade emissions credits through projects implemented either in other developed countries or in developing countries, which they can use towards meeting their commitments. These mechanisms help identify lowest-cost opportunities for reducing emissions and attract private sector participation in emission reduction efforts. Developing nations benefit in terms of technology transfer and investment brought about through collaboration with industrialized nations under the CDM.