There are a lot of good reasons to plant a tree! They provide shade, improve your property values, and are just nice to have around! Trees are great! But does 1 tree really have that much of an impact? What will your newly planted tree do for the world?
1 tree = oxygen for you
The average fully grown tree produces the oxygen needed for two people to breathe all year long. I don’t know about you, but we love oxygen! Take a deep breath and thank your newly planted tree!
1 tree = 2,500 apples
Do you like fruit? Maybe an apple tree is for you! 1 full grown apple tree can provide 2,500 apples each year. That’s a lot of food for local animals like birds, insects, and other wildlife, not to mention you too! Around the world, we work with ‘agroforestry’ farmers to plant fruit trees like pineapples and mangoes to help feed communities nutritious food.
1 tree = less water damage
Planted in an urban environment, a tree can prevent quite a bit of damage and erosion from heavy rains. Each year, 1 tree will soak up 2,300 gallons of stormwater runoff. That’s about as much water as you’ll drink in 12 years! Not to make it a contest or anything.
1 tree = a stable climate
The average full grown tree will absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon pollution every year and, by the time it reaches 40 years old, will have absorbed 1 ton of carbon dioxide!
1 tree = cooler cities
Planting a tree in an urban environment will help you keep the city cool in the summer. Trees do this by providing shade and exhaling water vapor from their leaves. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 young, healthy tree has the same impact as 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 times a day. That’s pretty cool!
920 trees = a carbon neutral life
So how many trees are needed to have a carbon neutral life? It turns out, the average North American will need to plant 920 trees in order to offset the average carbon footprint. 46 trees will absorb 1 ton of CO2 each year, and the average North American has a carbon footprint of 20 tons. So you’ll need to plant 920 trees!
UPDATE: We’ve already reached our goal of 500,000 trees planted this week! Thanks so much to everyone who double tapped to plant a tree! Let’s keep it going. If our Instagram post reaches 20 million likes, we’re going to plant another 500,000 trees!