The mission of the organization is to empower today’s generation to plant more and more trees without worrying about the upkeep and care of the plants. Thus, drawing down carbon, while supporting biodiversity, addressing human needs for firewood, food, and medicine, and providing ecosystem services such as flood and drought protection.
Mission Green will provide a shared platform to folks from all facets of life allowing them to participate in this global tree planation mission.
Tree plantation can directly and indirectly affect local and regional air quality by altering the urban atmospheric environment. The four main ways that urban trees affect air quality area:
- Temperature reduction and other microclimatic effects
- Removal of air pollutants
- Emission of volatile organic compounds and tree maintenance emissions
- Energy effects on buildings
Tree transpiration and tree canopies affect air temperature, radiation absorption and heat storage, wind speed, relative humidity, turbulence, surface albedo, surface roughness and consequently the evolution of the mixing-layer height. These changes in local meteorologycan alter pollution concentrations in urban areas. Reduced air temperature due to treescan improve air quality because the emission of many pollutants and/or ozone-forming chemicals are temperature dependent. Decreased air temperature can also reduce ozone formation.
Removal of Air Pollutants
Trees remove gaseous air pollution primarily by uptake via leaf stomata, though some gases are removed by the plant surface. Once inside the leaf, gases diffuse into intercellularspaces and may be absorbed by water films to form acids or react with inner-leaf surfaces. Trees alsoremove pollution by intercepting airborne particles.
Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Because VOC emissions are temperature dependent and trees generally lower air temperatures,increased tree cover can lower overall VOC emissions and, consequently, ozone levels in urban areas.
Energy Effects on Buildings
Trees reduce building energy use by lowering temperatures and shading Buildings. Trees also reduce the greenhouse effect by shading houses and office buildings. This reduces the need for air conditioning by up to 30 percent which in turn reduces the amount of fossil fuels burned to produce electricity. When building energy use is lowered, pollutant emissions from power plants are also lowered. And lower pollutant emissions generally improve air quality, lower nitrogen oxide emissionsand also ground-level emissions. The combination of CO2 removal from the atmosphere, carbon storage in wood and the cooling effect makes trees extremely efficient tools in fighting the greenhouse effect.
Studies have shown that in one urban park, tree cover removed 48 pounds of particulates, 9 pounds of nitrogen dioxide, 6 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 0.5 pounds of carbon monoxide and 100 pounds of carbon – daily.
If every family planted one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually.
In today’s hectic day-to-day life people usually find themselves in the situations where they don’t have enough time and resources at their disposal to plant and care of the trees…. that’s where we come into picture.
Mission Green will provide the stage where anyone can signup for a ‘Plant a tree’ moment without worrying about the upkeep and care of the tree. We will enable them by giving them the opportunity to plant a tree on their behalf. You wouldn’t have to worry about who will water the plant, who will take care of it, who would be responsible for providing them warmth to survive.
Need of the hour
Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities.A study by US-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reported than the average reduction of particulate matter near a tree was between 7% and 24%.Particulate matter (PM) is microscopic particles that become trapped in the lungs of people breathing polluted air.PM pollution could claim an estimated 6.2 million lives each year by 2050, the study suggests.
A human breathes about 9.5 tonnes of air in a year, but oxygen only makes up about 23 percent of that air, by mass, and we only extract a little over a third of the oxygen from each breath. That works out to a total of about 740kg of oxygen per year. Which is, very roughly, seven or eight trees’ worth.
According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), about 90% of the global population living in cities in 2014 was exposed to particulate matter that exceeded the WHO air quality guidelines.
The UN agency estimates that outdoor air pollution caused three million premature deaths in 2012, with the vast majority occurring in low- to middle-income nations. Mission Greenaims to promote the arboriculture additions to urban environments by raising awareness of the ecosystem services they can play. We hope that urban trees can become an integral part of cityscapes once again.
Why It Matters
India is rich in natural beauty. But along the way, we’ve over-paved this paradise. Many India neighborhoods are almost completely covered in asphalt and concrete and sorely lacking trees and nature. On hot days, scorching surfaces bake in the heat, endangering people’s health. Our streams and rivers are paved over, so that when it rains, water can’t soak into the ground where it could add to our aquifers. Instead, it runs off into our ocean, sweeping trash and pollution onto our beaches.
We waste precious money trying to fix these problems with even more building. But the answer is simple: bring nature back to our city streets and neighborhoods, and let nature do its job.To thrive in a hotter, dryer future, the people of India need to be shaded by ample tree canopy. The good news is that we all can play a role in planting and caring for trees.
Why To Do
Planting trees is one of the easiest and most sustainable ways to positively affect the environment. We need trees now more than ever! Communities across the state have been devastated with the loss of tens of millions of ash trees since the emerald ash borer was first discovered in metro Detroit in 2002. Trees are our lifeline to cleaner air and a healthier environment.
- Trees improve air quality by producing oxygen. They also store carbon, offsetting harmful byproducts of fossil-fuel burning.
- They moderate the effects of sun and wind, and they clean the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants.
- Planted in the right places around buildings, trees can significantly reduce air-conditioning costs. This means less Freon, an inflammable and odorless chemical emitted from air conditioners. It is considered to have damaging effects to the ozone layer.
- Trees increase property value.
- Trees generate jobs and contribute raw materials for buildings, newspapers, books, etc. They are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.
- They provide shelter and food for wildlife such as birds, squirrels and bugs.
- Trees make people feel good. Workers are more productive when they see trees along their commute routes and from their office windows.
- Landscapes that include trees help relax us, lower heart rates and reduce stress.