Rotary Loves Trees
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  • Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change. You need about 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 km/year.

  • An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.

  • Three trees planted in the right place around buildings can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent.

  • Trees provide shelter and food for wildlife such as birds, squirrels, and bugs. Groves of trees provide food and cover for larger mammals, such as raccoons and deer.

  • Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

  • Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is building up in our atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

World Lungs

One large tree can provide a day’s oxygen for up to 4 people. Trees also clean our air. Trees slow and trap airborne particulates and reduce smog.

Not only are the trees cleaning the air but they also intercept rainfall, slow runoff and absorb water. Trees act like sponges on the landscape slowing and absorbing water and then slowly releasing it in times of drought, recharging our groundwater.

Trees reduce runoff into our streams and lakes, slowing the impacts of flooding while filtering and cleaning the water.

Cool it!

Trees produce oxygen by absorbing carbon dioxide and provide oxygen, a greenhouse gas contributing to global warming and climate change.  Consider supporting the planting of trees to offset your carbon emissions.

It takes 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 km/year?

Trees transpire, releasing water through their leaves. This process of transpiration cools the air, acting much like an air conditioner.  One large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air in one day.  Walk into a dense forest on a hot summer day and notice the temperature change.

Trees planted as windbreaks on residential properties can reduce home heating costs by 10-15%.

Trees shading your home in summer months can lower residential air-conditioning costs 20-50%. When those trees lose their leaves in the winter time, the sun shining through the bare branches warms your house like a greenhouse, reducing your heating costs.

Trees can be used to shade asphalt making our urban environments cooler and more comfortable during hot summer months.