Thinking about how trees provide climate control

Thinking about how trees provide climate control

I’ve been taking my two kids to the park a few blocks down from where we live for a couple years now.

We live in a bustling and developing city, and any greenery that I can expose them to is very welcome.

They don’t call it the concrete jungle for nothing! The park itself is relatively small compared to the surrounding area, but it has many big and beautiful trees that provide ample shade. Yesterday, as I was sitting on the park bench watching my two children play on the playground equipment with some other kids they had become friends with, I found my mind drifting off to the topic of climate control. I realized the trees are a natural form of climate control. In fact, they were one of the only forms of climate control that people had back in the day, before advanced technology. If you think about it, trees had and still have the potential to provide both heating and cooling. Now of course, the first thing that you think of when you associate trees with heating is chopping firewood and building a fire. Moreover, trees obviously assist in cooling us by providing shade from the sun. When it comes down to it, they were also used to provide the lumber that allowed shelter from the heat or cold. It was really interesting for me to suddenly realize that trees were essential for nearly all forms of climate control before the concept of central heating and air conditioning or any other derivative that employs advanced technology. It’s quite fascinating!

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