3 Ways Trees Offset Your Carbon Footprint
Written by: Stewart Borland
Published: 15th November 2017, last updated: 27th January 2020
Our generation and generations to come have a social and environmental responsibility to help have a positive impact on our carbon footprint. Over the coming years, measures will need to be taken to help significantly reduce the world’s carbon footprint. The Paris Climate Agreement is an example of how several countries are committed to this responsibility; bringing nations together to collectively work towards combating the effects of climate change. A large part of this looks at how nations can individually reduce their carbon footprints by investing in reduction measures.
Did you know that trees have a part to play in reducing the earth’s carbon footprint?
Trees consume carbon
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are one of the primary contributors to climate change. This is possibly the primary reason why trees are so vital in our fight to reduce emissions. Trees are incredibly efficient at reducing CO2 emissions as they quite literally, eat carbon. Trees breathe in carbon and pump out oxygen. A single tree can absorb CO2 at a rate of 48 lb. per year.
As you can imagine, this is why reforestation has had such a negative effect on the earth and our carbon footprint, the reduction of trees has resulted in a huge increase in the volume of CO2 in our atmosphere, increasing the earth’s temperature.
Trees can reduce your bills at home
While the fallen leaves in autumn might be a pain, trees can help to reduce your bills both in the summer and winter. In winter, trees close to your home can help to act as a windbreak, meaning that your home is left drafty and therefore there is less need for heating. In the summer, trees can provide shade, helping to naturally cool your home. While you would be crazy to think we’d need air conditioning here in Scotland (and you’d be right), for hotter countries this could be less reliance on air conditioning.
The reduced use of electricity and gas means you are directly helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Trees are natural filters
As well as filtering CO2 into oxygen, trees also act as a filter in other ways. Trees are natural filters for pollutants, filtering them in through the surface of their leaves. Tree roots help to neutralise and purify soil, leaving it in better condition, encouraging other plants to grow in the area. This cycle helps other plants to contribute to the filtering of CO2 out of our ecosystem.
Trees can provide a groundbreaking service to our earth by absorbing excess carbon dioxide produced by cars, factories and excess energy use by humans. It’s one of the reasons Highland Titles is investing in several tree planting projects across our Nature Reserves, as well as other conversion projects in the Highlands. Find out more here.
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