Friday, April 3, 2015

Trees restore the environment, helps to grow more food, and build a sustainable future.



tree importance wall paintings in SEVAI Projects

Trees for the Future is dedicated to planting trees with rural communities, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future. In SEVAI Projects, walls are painted for the importance of trees and other associated benefits. We plant trees primarily for their beauty and to provide shade but they do create many other benefits. Since the beginning, trees have furnished us with two of life's essentials, food and oxygen. As we evolved, they provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, and tools. Today, their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being discovered as their
Nursery ready for planting
role expands to satisfy the needs created by our modern lifestyles. Trees contribute to their

environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil. The main reason we like trees is because they are both beautiful and majestic. No two are alike. Different species display a seemingly endless variety of shapes, forms, textures and vibrant colors. Even individual trees vary their appearance throughout the course of the year as the seasons change. The strength, long lifespan and regal stature of trees give them a monument-like quality. Most of us react to the presence of trees with a pleasant, relaxed, comfortable feeling. In fact, many people plant trees as living memorials of life-changing events.Trees can sooth and relax us and help us connect to
Thottiyapatty community centre of SEVAI with trees
nature and our surroundings. The color green - is a calming, cool that helps our eyes quickly recover from strain. By planting and caring for trees, we help improve your surroundings, reduce pollution, lower energy costs, improve the appearance of our community and increase the value of our property. Trees can reduce air temperature by blocking sunlight. Further cooling occurs when water evaporates from the leaf surface. Trees can shade hard surface areas such as driveways, patios, building and sidewalks thus minimizing landscape heat load -- a buildup of heat during the day that is
teaks trees grown as soil binder and wind barrier in Thottiyapatty watershed
radiated at night resulting in warmer temperatures. Trees absorb and block noise and reduce glare. A well placed tree can reduce noise. Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people. Trees help reduce surface water runoff from storms, thus decreasing soil erosion and the accumulation of sediments in streams. They increase ground water recharge and reduce the number of potentially harmful chemicals transported to our streams. Trees cool the air, land and water with shade and moisture. Trees can help offset the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air and reduce the “greenhouse effect." Trees create micro climates suitable for growing shade loving plants. Trees are the least expensive plants we can add to our landscape when we consider the impact they create due to their size. A tree can add music to your life by attracting birds and other animals. A tree can provide pleasant smells. Most of us respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty. We feel serene, peaceful, restful and tranquil in a grove of trees. We are "at home" there. Trees provide us with color, flowers, fruit, interesting shapes and forms to look at. Trees can serve as a living
Tree coverage in Coastal SEVAI Project
legacy for the next generation - thus linking us to near and distant generations Trees can help direct pedestrian traffic, provide background and thus enhance the appearance of other landscape plants and our homes. Trees help people reflect positively on life' changes. Trees have been reported as having a relaxing effect on students studying for exams. Studies have documented that urban vegetation can result in slower heartbeats, lower blood pressure and more relaxed brain wave patterns. Trees can create lasting impression on how a community is perceived by visitors and affect the mood and community pride of its residents. Trees make communities livable for people and their activities. People walk and jog more on streets with trees; children and adults have a cool place to play or relax in the summer, thus increasing their interaction with neighbors. Trees have supported and sustained life throughout our existence. They have a wide variety of practical and commercial uses. Wood was the very first fuel, and is still used for cooking and heating by about half of the world's population. Trees provide timber for building construction, furniture manufacture, tools, sporting equipment, and thousands of household items. Wood pulp is used to make paper.-Govin

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