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.