Letters to the Editor

Plant a tree to save our planet and help stop climate change

I would like to thank Joseph Reichert for his recent climate change editorial. Mr. Reichert correctly pointed out man’s destruction of our rainforests have had a significant negative impacted on our climate for decades.

As we learned in grade-school science class, a process called photosynthesis allows trees to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. A mature tree will absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide and produce 260 pounds of oxygen a year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen per year for a family of four to breath for a year. An acre of trees can produce enough oxygen for 18 people a year. Trees also provide a cooling effect, as well as, a habitat for animal life.

In the ’70s, I remember reading Time and Newsweek articles alarmed over the destruction of the world’s rainforests and the pronounced effects it would have on the future environment. The world’s rainforests help regulate temperatures and weather patterns. Rainforests also help maintain a fresh water supply for the world. Rainforests are one of the world’s primary carbon sponges. Sadly, approximately 80,000 football fields of rainforests are destroyed every day.

Want to do something inexpensive, with an immediate positive environmental impact? Plant a tree! You’ll breathe better.

Pete Hill, O’Fallon