The world’s largest recruiter to environmental
movement “Earth Day” has declared 2016 as the planting trees year, in
order to mitigate the Global Warming.
Goals set by Earth Day organizers included
massive tree planting with a target of 7.8 billion new trees planted worldwide
Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is building up in
our atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing
and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.
In this limited research, we will use your inputs to map the "greenery level" at few selected locations in Israel.
Here is your mission:
a. Your Location- Please add your location to the map below.
Please attach a picture of trees and greenery nearby your location to your point on the map.
b. Trees and Greenery (The dependent variable examined)
Choose one of the following options:
1 - There are less than 10 trees near my house.
2 - I can count around 10 - 50 trees near my house.
3 - I can count more than 100 trees near my house.
4 - My neighborhood is located nearby
5 - My neighborhood is located nearby a Forest or a
The following video, created
by a member of our
group (Niki Bassat), demonstrates a few examples to illustrate the
above-mentioned options.If you
find more than one relevant option, please choose the highest one:
From the above-mentioned options, which is the one
that defines the "trees and greenery" level of your
Provide an answer by clicking on "Map" and then on "Add an Answer".
Results, Analysis and Discussion
Urban forests help to improve the air quality. Our
colleague’s task was to define
their neighborhood’s greenery level by photo capturing and quantified estimation.
The following color-coded map illustrates the results:
Due to the limited amount of responders, the map coverage
is minimal, yet additional information is available in the “Keren Kayemet
LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund” website by using the following link: KKL
(JNF) Web site -Plant the Planet(Planting forthe
Global warming threatens the existence of humankind,
Planting trees is the only active way to stop the greenhouse effect causing the
tree absorbs an average of 0.7 tons of carbon dioxide in the course of its
lifetime. A person has to plant an average of 200 trees in order to deduct the
waste he produces in his lifetime. Every year, the forests deduct half a
million tons of greenhouse gases. This amount is equivalent to the annual
carbon emission of 75,000 cars driving 20,000 km a year.They
also serve as noise and pollution barriers in industrial areas.
Future Plans KKL
(JNF) is committed to the “billion trees “(Plant the Planet) initiated by the
United Nations (UNEP) to plant 6 million trees over the next 10 years.
National Outline Plan for Forests (Tama 22) includes 1.6 million
dunams of forests, woodlands and areas intended for afforestation.
conclusion of this limited research is that all of us (citizens and authorities)
should struggle for establishing greener neighborhoods. The goal should be color
grade of above (3) throughout the entire country.
On top of removing
(sequestering) the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere during
photosynthesis, trees also remove other gaseous pollutants through the
stomata in the leaf surface. Some of the other major air pollutants
are : Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx),
and small particles emitted in smoke from burning fuel.
We recommend continuing
the research by monitoring and investigating the correlation between “pollutants levels” and “greenery
level” at selected locations. Publishing this information will contribute to
the awareness of citizens to their health and quality of life. It will also enforce planning
and actions by the authorities.
Very interesting and enlightening subject. The trees benefits and impact is an important and interesting issue, that affects our lives. The inquiring question is written very professionally, teaching the importance of the trees and giving the reader a challenge to investigate his home surrounding.
In addition, adding the nearby statistics about the trees and coloring the Israel map gave me possibility to be part of the project of building the "Israel green map". I think it is very important that awareness to the trees values will be known for the community. I support developing the concept of community forests to involve people with caring for forests near their home. I would suggest to add the link for planting a tree in a nearby Israeli forest: http://kkl-jnf4u.kkl.org.il/haklek_veta/e_yaar.aspx?lang=en. In this way every Israeli reader can contribute to the environment by planting a tree.
I like your approach in formulating the question. I suggest adding more data on trees benefit to the environment and how it influenced the planet. Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. Trees benefit health, Trees benefit the environment and boost wildlife.
By 2050, the vast majority of humanity will live in cities, towns, and other urban areas. Growth of city trees can cut air pollution. Nature is cost effective solution, research also shows that urban street tree planting and canopy enhancement can be a cost-effective way to make the air healthier. Street trees can be a part of a cost-effective portfolio of interventions aimed at controlling particulate matter pollution and mitigating high temperatures in cities. Trees can be used to help clean and cool the air. Moreover, trees provide a multitude of other benefits beyond healthier air. In the right spot, trees can both help make our air healthier and our cities more verdant and livable. More about it can be found in the article "planning healthy air" (Macdonald et. al, 2016):
The general idea is good and relevant on my opinion (Positive Reinforcement).
Encouraging citizens to participate in such activity can definitely increase the overall awareness to the environment we live at (Valid Verification).
Improving the map is recommended – it would be much more informative if the number of "responders per region" was mentioned (Technical Statement).
It is also highly recommended to base the new results upon similar data that is already know such as this map from “Keren Kayemet LeIsrael” website:
http://kkl-jnf4u.kkl.org.il/design/New/gfx/israelMap.jpg (Informative Elaboration).