About This Video
Our neighborhood won $2,000 in the City of Takoma Park Neighborhood Energy Challenge and spent it on trees! Why? Because trees are an essential part of our lives and provide a whole host of benefits. We share those benefits and more.
The Neighborhood Energy Challenge was a motivational contest to encourage our city’s residents to reduce their energy consumption as part of the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition.
Benefits of Trees
Check out all these benefits of trees! They
- help clean our air and drinking water
- contribute to our health
- provide us with oxygen
- cool surface and air temperatures
- reduce the effects of climate change
- save us energy
- provide a habitat for wildlife
- reduce crime
- increase our property values
- serve as a good investment of public funds
Where to Get Trees
Visit your local nursery to select the tree of your choice, but be sure to select a tree species that is native to your area. Not sure of what trees to plant? The Arbor Day Foundation has a Tree Wizard to assist you. For a $10 membership, you can get 10 trees from The National Arbor Day Foundation.
How to Plant Trees
Don’t Need a Tree, But Want to Help Others?
Trees for the Future is dedicated to ending extreme hunger and poverty across Sub-Saharan Africa by revitalizing degraded lands through teaching farmers how to plant trees. Their Forest Garden program helps farmers plant specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner over a four year period. This provides families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and up to a 500% increase in their annual income.
We’d Love to Hear from You
Have you ever planted a tree? What did you plant? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section below.
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