Trees and water and people are partners; each one influences the quality of the other. Trees need water for life and water needs trees for quality. An abundance of both improve our quality of life. So plant a tree and make a difference in our community. GEBE has already planted close to 150 trees for World Environment Day and St. Maarten National Day of Trees.
Trees Produce Oxygen: A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.
Trees Clean the Soil and Fight Soil Erosion: Trees filter sewage, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams. Trees also keep the soil in place and conserve rainwater.
Trees Slow Storm Water Runoff: Flash flooding can be dramatically reduced by planting trees. One tree can intercept more than 1000 gallons of water annually when fully grown.
Trees Clean the Air: Trees help clean the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
Trees Shade and Cool: Shade resulting in cooling is what a tree is best known for. Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning.
So help plant a tree or plant a tree and flowers at home and make St. Maarten greener, cleaner and more beautiful.