In autumn, we focus on trees and admire the change of colors of the leaves. As we notice them, it’s a good time to appreciate how trees keep us cool and improve our air quality.
Trees not only absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, but they also reduce the heat island effect of our city. Cooler temperatures will reduce our area’s air pollution, and shade trees play a big part in cooling our city.
Trees reduce our need for air conditioning in the summer and can increase property values. They reduce noise and absorb storm water runoff. Many studies show that trees even reduce our stress! So, while we admire the aesthetic qualities of trees, let us also appreciate the many benefits they provide for our comfort and economy.
There are numerous opportunities to help replace our local tree canopy. Groups like Trees Louisville host plantings and tree giveaways to help us replace lost tree canopy and keep us green. Trees will always be an important factor to help our air.