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plant trees

This is literally the most "green" thing you can do when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime. For every ton of new wood that grows, about 1.5 tons of CO2 are removed from the air and 1.07 tons of life-giving oxygen are produced. During a 50-year life span, one tree will generate $30,000 worth of oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution or $125,000 total per tree without including any other values!

Trees also reduce soil erosion and water pollution, help recharge ground water, and sustain stream flow. Depending on location, species, size, and condition, shade from trees can reduce utility bills for air conditioning in residential and commercial buildings by 15-50 percent.

Trees, through their shade and transpiration, provide natural "low-tech" cooling that means less need to build additional dams or power plants. Windbreaks around homes can be shields against wind and snow. Heating costs can be reduced by as much as 30 percent.

While helping reduce CO2 levels, trees naturally add beauty and grace to any community setting. They make life more enjoyable, peaceful and relaxing, and offer a rich inheritance for future generations. Trees are a smart way to reduce your carbon footprint emissions due to traveling.

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