Trees give people many gifts. They give us shade on a hot summer’s day and a beautiful show of color in the fall. They also provide us with food, medicine, clothing and furniture.
Coconut trees are palms that grow up to 30 feet high. They are known as the ‘tree of life’ because of their huge variety of uses. They grow throughout the tropics. In many parts of the world people use their leaves to make clothing, mats, baskets and roofs. Their fruits provide food, drink, oil, and medicine, and their wood helps build houses and boats.
Trees make us feel better!
Natural landscapes help us feel healthier. How? Studies show that hospital patients with a view of nature out their window have shorter recovery time than other patients. Children who feel connected to nature have better physical, mental, and emotional health.
Trees are cool!
They help shade and cool our homes or apartments and help us save energy. How much? The cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is the same as ten room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
Did you know that in many parts of the world, the leaf from a banana plant is used like a plate? In West Africa, for example, banana plant leaves are used to hold the batter for steamed bean or grain cakes.
So, get out and thank a tree today!!