Why Should You Care? They’re Only Trees

Trees are not really that important, right? After all, trees are absurdly common in most areas of the earth, and cover a fair portion of the entire world. However, the consumption rate of trees is increasing every day, and at an exponential rate. With a higher world population comes a greater need for housing, heating,…

Trees are not really that important, right? After all, trees are absurdly common in most areas of the earth, and cover a fair portion of the entire world. However, the consumption rate of trees is increasing every day, and at an exponential rate. With a higher world population comes a greater need for housing, heating, and other tree-consuming products or activities. Trees are an essential part of daily living, whether it be for food and shelter, warmth, or even just to keep ourselves breathing, we should care about trees if we care at all about our future.

A large portion of the world's food supply comes from fruit-bearing trees, including apples, oranges, peaches, pears, and many more. If the supply of these trees were finished, the result would then be a loss in food supply. I'm sure you've seen plenty of commercials that show children starving in places such as Africa or Syria. This may not be a direct result of the food supply of the world as a whole, but rather the availability of food to individuals in these countries. If the food supply of the earth were cut down due to a loss in food production of trees, the results would certainly be horrendous. Fruit-bearing trees are vital to our world's food supply, and for this reason they should be taken care of, and re-planted whenever possible.

Food is necessary for survival, but what good food does if you're living in the blistering cold with nowhere to take shelter? If you're in a building at the moment, there's a very good chance wood was used in the process of making that building. Wood has been used in almost every aspect of building and construction, and is likely the first resource that comes to mind when an individual considers building their own home. Chairs, tables, benches, dressers, and thousands upon thousands of different types of furniture use wood in their design, which means that thousands of trees are needed to support such a large quantity of wood products. If companies did not re-plant the trees that they cut down, they would always run out of resources, which means that all products and services involving wood would come crashing to an end.

Homes did not always have electric and gas heating. Instead, home heating systems consist of a basic fireplace to keep warm during cold times of the year. There are, however, many homes that still use a fireplace for the heating of their home, or even just for decorative purposes. But the fireplace would not be much without something to use as fuel. Wood has always been the primary source of fuel for the fireplace. When's the last time you were asked to go put something other than wood in the fireplace to keep it burning? Without trees, there would not be many safe alternatives for fueling the fire.

Aside from all of what has already been discussed, let's ask ourselves a simple question: Am I glad that I can breathe? If your answer is “no”, then I suggest reconsidering. Of course we're glad we can breathe, but why would I ask a question like that when this topic is about trees? Because trees are the source of the oxygen that we breathe. If there were not any trees, flowers, or plants of any kind on this earth, we would not be here either, because we would not be able to survive. There is an immunity amount of trees in the world providing oxygen for us to breathe and allowing us to keep living. There's no telling what would happen if the tree population were cut into half the size it is today.

So whether it be because they provide us with food, shelter, warmth, or oxygen, trees should definitely be important to us. Trees play a very important role in every one of our lives. The least that we could do, is care. And if not for the trees themselves, care because you care about your future.