Trees - Man's Best Friend Against Global Temperature Rise and Human Behavioural Ills
According to NASA the planet's average surface temperature has risen about 0.9 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010. Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year — from January through September, with the exception of June — were the warmest on record for those respective months.
Furthermore, there is also a psychological study by a Kenyan Professor that looks at the rise of criminal activities in hotter areas, especially in Africa. With the rise in global warming we know that the hardest hit places are from the developing and third world countries. Since trees play a significant cooling role in our atmosphere we can thus deduce that human inhibited areas that have a deficiency of trees and community parks can or tend to have an increase in ill human behaviour, poor health, levels of poverty and degraded societal condition.
Thus such studies have been able to show that places that do not have a sufficient presence of trees, parks, i.e. a comparison between village (farming or veld) and a location, or a location and a suburb, suburb and city centre, etc revealed spikes in criminal activities, stress levels, illness, alcohol and drug abuse as well as a deficiency in good, societal norms, etc. And likewise, when tree planting and construction of community parks were introduced into those very same communities or communities with same characteristics the levels of crime, aggravated crimes and quality of life improved.
It is therefore clear that in the 21st century men has yet another best friend - our trees. Beyond their unique stature and beauty these friends offer humans and the world far reaching benefits through their shelter, food, medicinal properties, and the more abstract benefits like the oxygen that sponsors life in our known world, the cooling of the atmosphere, spiritual connectivity or exploration; which all have direct relationship with human experience be it stress or its tolerance, anger, calmness, or a realization of the spiritual nirvana.
We therefore need more of these friends and as many as possible in our homes, communities, and places of work. Let us be good friends and responsible citizens of this wonderful earth - plant more trees, preserve, nourish and cherish the ones we already have and let us pass down a healthy, vibrant and strong earth to our children.