Why Trees Matter

Trees are taken for granted every day. They use photosynthesis to convert sunlight into food, provide shade, provide fuel, have aesthetic value, and provide shelter. There have even been studies shown where “a walk in the woods [can reduce] the level of stress chemicals in the body and increase natural killer cells in the immune system, which fight tumors and viruses. Studies in inner cities show that anxiety, depression and even crime are lower in a landscaped environment.” We are currently cutting down too many trees and letting many die because of drought and beetles. We must realize that trees are very benefitial. They can even help regulate climate change. We must preserve our trees so that we can better utilize them for the betterment of society.

Read More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/opinion/why-trees-matter.html?ref=science

Written by Jonathan Chang

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