We all know that forests and the trees that inhabit them are the lungs of our planet. Indeed, trees are real agents that help fight against air pollution and the increase in heat in our cities. Together, let's take care of the current forests and learn how to reforest those that are disappearing!
The role of the tree in the world
The tree is an organic living being capable of transforming the carbon dioxide in the air - CO2 - into carbon, which it fixes and into oxygen which it releases into our atmosphere. Indeed, thanks to a process called “photosynthesis”, the tree will assimilate carbon dioxide, synthesize it and store it to finally release oxygen into the air. The tree is the only living being that has mastered this incredible process of producing oxygen from light, air and water. It turns carbon into bark, roots and leaves but also exhales the oxygen we breathe.
This process will be further detailed by Mathéa in an upcoming article.
The tree is also a source of food and a refuge for many living species. Take a walk in the forests, you can only see the number of birds, mammals and insects that have taken up residence in a knot, a hole or even under a tree root! Protecting it means preserving the biodiversity of our forests.
Why plant trees?
The forest is necessary to allow our planet to transform excess carbon and make the air more breathable. With a population of over 8 billion people, there is an urgent need to make our Earth greener for future populations. We must act together to preserve our nature and protect the many living species that are threatened with extinction. The tree is a real source of resources for humans, animals and the Earth. It is important to act to preserve it from deforestation.
The stakes of Run for Planet
For these reasons, Run for Planet is committed to a project to create mega incubators in Hauts de France, before extending its project internationally. The idea is to choose varieties of trees adapted to our soils in order to give them to communities and tree planting associations and to help with reforestation all over the world, then by creating nurseries all over the world. . To do this, we will choose "twisted" tree species to prevent them from being used for the creation of furniture or other objects. In other words, species of wood that are useful for the environment but useless economically.
Among the tree species selected by Run for Planet for its nurseries, we distinguish three categories: forest trees, hedgerows (which we observed in the fields of our grandparents' time) and urban trees.
Dear readers, have a great week! See you soon for a next woody article!
Article written by Claire Moreau, Writer for Run for Planet