Forests provide a great service to the earth and its inhabitants by sequestering and storing significant amounts of carbon (Project Drawdown, 2020; Song et al., 2020). For example, the Amazon, the Congo, and the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia store 300 billion tons of carbon. In fact, 10% to 15% of the world’s total carbon emissions are a result of deforestation. Another example was found in Duisburg, Germany where urban trees were found to remove 16% of emissions in the city and reduce thermal and direct radiation by 58%. Therefore, trees help reduce causes and effects associated with climate change (Scholz, 2018) throughout the world.
Project Drawdown (2020). Forest protection. https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/forest-protection
Scholz, T., Hof, A., & Schmitt, T. (2018). Cooling Effects and Regulating Ecosystem Services Provided by Urban Trees--Novel Analysis Approaches Using Urban Tree Cadastre Data. Sustainability (2071-1050), 10(3), 712. https://doi-org.proxy.lib.miamioh.edu/10.3390/su10030712
Song, P., Kim, G., Mayer, A., He, R., & Tian, G. (2020). Assessing the Ecosystem Services of Various Types of Urban Green Spaces Based on i-Tree Eco. Sustainability, 4, 1630. https://doi-org.proxy.lib.miamioh.edu/10.3390/su12041630