From little things, big things grow
Trees are not only beautiful and majestic, they play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem. In Australia, we’re known for our unique and diverse flora and fauna, yet much of it has been lost.
Our partner, Greening Australia, plans to plant 500m millions trees around the country by 2030 as part of the Restore the Land project!
Why? Well, planting new trees is of utmost importance. 90m hectares of land across this country used to be forests and woodlands. Why is restoring this environment so crucial?
Why are trees important to our environment?
Trees act as natural guardians. They play a pivotal role in purifying the air we breathe, and through photosynthesis they absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and releases oxygen. With the increasing effects of global warming, planting new trees helps mitigate these issues by reducing the overall carbon footprint of the country.
Trees also play a crucial role in conserving water resources. In Australia, a land prone to droughts and water scarcity, trees contribute to water regulation and conservation. Their roots help retain water in the soil, preventing erosion and promoting groundwater recharge. Planting new trees can effectively conserve water and combat the challenges associated with drought – particularly critical in arid regions of the country!
Trees also provide numerous social advantages. They give shade and act as natural air conditioners, reducing the urban ‘heat island effect’ and lowering energy consumption for cooling purposes. Access to shaded areas promotes outdoor activities and enhances the overall well-being of communities. And of course, trees beautify neighbourhoods, they become gathering places, strengthening social ties and improving mental health.
Brendan Foran, CEO, Greening Australia
Trees also contribute to tourism, attracting visitors looking to explore the country’s unique flora and fauna. Additionally, forests and woodlands provide valuable timber resources, creating employment opportunities. By investing in tree planting initiatives, Australia can foster economic growth while simultaneously preserving its natural heritage.
Planting trees for biodiversity
Given the scale of deforestation and land degradation in Australia, planting new trees is crucial for ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation. Many native species are dependent on specific tree habitats for their survival, and the loss of these habitats puts their existence at risk. By planting new trees we provide habitats for wildlife, restore degraded ecosystems, and promote the recovery of threatened species.
New trees across this country is crucial for Australia to secure a sustainable future for its environment, communities, and economy.
We’re proud of Support Greening Australia in these efforts. i=Change makes it simple for businesses to support their work, to replant this wild and beautiful country.