Trees are very important for our survival in many ways. They clean the soil by filtering sewage and chemicals used in farms. They help control noise pollution and reduce flash flooding.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide which contributes to global warming. They also clean the air by absorbing pollutants like carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide. They also help to lower temperatures. They give shade during the summer and act as windbreaks during winter if they are located on the windward side.
They also prevent soil erosion. It is seen that the presence of trees in an area can increase property values by at least 15%. For all these reasons it is very important for us to save trees and increase the green cover of the earth. We can start by planting more trees in our neighborhood.
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If we see any indiscriminate felling of trees, we can petition the authorities to stop it. Using less paper products is also a way to save trees for the paper industry needs trees to make paper. Using the computer to store data reduces the need to use paper. In all these ways we can help save trees.
Do you think keeping Earth clean and green is important? In the book, I Can Save the Earth, you will find ways to protect Earth and preserve the environment.
Let's discuss three of Earth's main natural resources: air, water, and land. Clean air is important to the health of the planet. Polluted air can make you sick, kill plants, and ruin rivers and lakes. Air pollution can even change the weather by trapping sunlight and its heat close to the ground. What can you do to stop air pollution? Turn out the lights when you don't need them. Keep the temperature in your home a little cooler in the winter and a little warmer in the summer. You can even convince your family to drive the car less often. How does this help? Electricity, heating, air conditioning and car engines are all created or powered by burning fuels like coal or oil. Burning fuels release pollutants that dirty our air.
Water is another of Earth's main resources. All living things on Earth need water to survive, but clean, unpolluted water is getting harder to find. Many people waste water or pollute it. How can you save water? Try taking shorter showers or turning off the water while you brush your teeth. Help to keep our water clean.
Tell your family never to throw any trash into a body of water. Convince your family and friends to use Earth-friendly cleaning products. Never pour chemicals like paint or detergents down the sink drain or onto the ground. These chemicals will seep into the ground and into ponds, streams, and other places where we find our drinking water.
Land is the third main resource. It suffers the effects of pollution, too. One of the ways we are using up this precious resource is by dumping trash on it or burying it in the ground. The average American throws away over 20 pounds of trash each week! Much of this trash, like plastic containers or toys, will not go away. The trash will sit in the ground forever. How can you help to solve the trash problem? You can buy high quality goods that will last, that you will not have to throw away. Reuse plastic bags and containers, cans, and foam cups. You can even convince your family to recycle everything possible, like cans and newspapers.
There are so many ways you can make a difference at home or in your community. This book describes many of the ways you do have power to save Earth. Try the I Can Save the Earth Activity to learn more about preserving the environment.