About Trees

About AKSF Trees

India Regularly 5% to global CO2 emissions.

Tree planting is an important element in the solution to tackle climate change - Trees absorb carbon dioxide and are vital carbon sinks. The world's forests store an estimated 300 billion tons of carbon, the equivalent of 40 times the world's annual greenhouse gas emissions (source: Time,Nov,'09). It is also a relatively quicker and cheaper option of reducing emissions than alternatives like switching to low carbon forms of power generation or weaning the world's vehicle fleet off fossil fuels.

With heightened public awareness of global climate change, individuals and companies are determined to be part of the solution. Offsetting your carbon footprint by planting trees is an effective direct method to contribute toward reversing climate change.

Benefits of Trees

OXYGEN GENERATION - A typical person consumes about 386 lb of oxygen per year. A healthy tree, say a 32 ft tall ash tree, can produce about 260 lb of oxygen annually " two trees supply the oxygen needs of a person each year! - Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington . One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. - U.S. Department of Agriculture. There is no known non-biological process that can produce oxygen from common materials in sufficient quantity like photosynthesis photosynthesis - The Economist, Economist, June 9-16, 2012

DECARBONISING THE ATMOSPHERE - Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere . Prow, Tina., "The Power of Trees", Human Environmental Research Laboratory at University of Illinois . A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds (22 kilograms) of carbon dioxide per year.

REMOVING POLLUTANTS - Trees clean the air, remove dust and particulates, absorb ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants, through the stomates in the leaf surface . (International Society of Arboriculture Pamphlet, 1991). There is up to a 60% reduction in street level particulates with trees - Coder, Dr. Kim D., "Identified Benefits of Community Trees and Forests", University of Georgia, October 1996.

CLEAN WATER - Trees act as natural pollution filters for water . Their canopies, trunks, roots, and associated soil and other natural elements of the landscape filter polluted particulate matter out of the flow, reducing the amount of pollution that is washed into a drainage area. Trees use nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which can pollute streams. American Forests Magazine, "Trees Tackle Clean Water Regulations" , Summer 2000. The forests of upstate New York do such a good job of filtering water that the city only needs to do a minimum of additional filtering.

RECHARGING GROUND WATER - Trees reduce runoff. A typical community forest of 10,000 trees will retain approximately 10 million gallons of rainwater per year - United States Forest Service Research.

PUBLIC HEALTH VALUE - social science research in USA showed that leafy public-housing projects experienced less violence than barren ones . " Hospital patients in Pennsylvania who recovered from surgery in a room with a view of a stand of trees needed less-potent pain medications and were released seven to nine days earlier than patients in rooms facing a brown brick wall. " R Ulrich, "View Through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery", Science, vol. 224, no. 4647: pp 420-421 (1984), cited in "You are the Placebo" by Dr Joe Dispenza. Several studies have found that access to nature yields better cognitive functioning, more self-discipline, and greater mental health overall .

AIR CLEANSING - Cooler air temperatures created by tree canopies reduce smog levels by up to 6%. A mature tree absorbs from 120 to 240 lbs of the small particles and gases of air pollution. " Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington .

BIOMASS FOR COOKING FUEL - In the Panchmahal district (the location of our first planting program), a study found that the villagers would have to spend 40% of their cash income on cooking fuel alone if they did not get twigs and branches from trees.

AIR/WATER IMPROVEMENT - The United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service estimates that over a 50-year span, a tree generates $ 162,000 in benefits - $31,250 worth of oxygen, oxygen, $62,000 worth of air pollution pollution control, control, recycles recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion. Tree roots remove nutrients harmful to water ecology and quality - American Forests, How Trees Fight Climate Change, 1999. The economic value of a tree in terms of its oxygen production is Rs 2.372 million per year ( NGO Delhi Greens, Times of India, Aug 20, 2013).

SOUND ABSORPTION, WINDBREAKS - T rees provide sound buffers and act as windbreaks in urban areas - Enviro News/Louisiana Gateway 2020, Spring/Summer 1993, Vol IV. A U.S. Department of Energy study reports that trees reduce noise pollution by acting as a buffer and absorbing 50% of urban noise .