Our blog’s trees
Nowadays it’s easy to contribute to make the world a greener place, planting trees with the web. Click here to discover three ways to do it. Our blog did its part using Treedom to plant three beautiful little trees. Since the discover of Treedom cam through a video of Barbascura X, researcher/ scientific populariser/ YouTuber/ pirate, we decided to participate to his forest on Treedom, named “The crew’s forest =”La foresta della Ciurma”.
Trees positively influence different ecological, economical and social aspects. Simplifying a lot, we can summarize 4 big categories of positive effects:
- Food security. Trees will give fruits that can be instantly eaten or processed to become edible, ensuring food resources through time.
- CO2 absorption. During their lifetime, each tree will capture CO2 from the atmosphere, fixing inside itself.
- Economic development. The fruits and the products derived from their processing can be commerced in local markets, offering income opportunities.
- Environmental protection. Trees are planted in agro-forestry ecosystems that push the positive interaction between different species and their positive impact on the environment and the soil.
Our trees were chosen to ensure that the three species could contribute in each of the four positive effects. Without further hesitation, we present you our blog’s trees!
The first tree had to be a Coffee tree, since all the authors of this blog are Italian, and you know, coffee is for us a really important matter. Treedom gives you the possibility to rename your tree, therefore this one could have had no other name than “La Capanna Verde = The Green Hut”. At this moment it’s located in a nursery in Madagascar, waiting to become big enough to be transplanted (Latitude 20° 31′ 57.42″ S; Longitude 47° 14′ 40.86″ E).
The Coffee, whose seeds are used for the eponymous beverage, belongs to the Rubiaceae family. Though over 100 species are known to exist, the most diffused examples are Arabica and Robusta. Coffee represents an important source of income for local economies. The local uses of a Coffee tree are mainly linked to the consumption and sales of the fruit on local markets, and of the use of some of its parts in traditional medicine. It’s a tree that allows a great contribution to economic development.
Our Grevillea is called “PhD”, because, being the species (among ours) with the higher environmental capacity protection and CO2 absorption, it suits perfectly the topic of the PhD thesis of the author of this post (sustainability and Ecosystem Services). It’s located in a nursery in Kenya (Latitude 02° 47′ 27.13″ S; Longitude 37° 32′ 16.37″ E).
The Grevillea robusta reaches up to 12-25 meters of height. Its flowers are a splashy yellow and its rich nectar attracts bees, boosting the ecosystem and encouraging plant pollination. It’s used as a windbreaker plant and allows for the formation of humus, which maintains soil humidity and improves soil quality. Besides, its leaves, either fresh or dried-out, are used as food for livestock.
Last but not least, we have an Orange tree, named Nami in honour of the character of the mange “One Piece”, that loves citrus trees. This plant is located in a nursery in Kenya (Latitudine 02° 47′ 27.13″ S; Longitudine 37° 32′ 16.37″ E).
A native of southern China, the Orange tree is an evergreen that produces small white and green flowers in addition to the well-known, succulent fruit. Oranges are planted for dietary purposes and to aid the local economy through fruit commerce. Besides contributing to food security, some of its parts can be used to produce traditional medicine and cosmetic products.
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The first pictures!
While waiting to be transplanted, our trees are enjoying good company.
Our Nami (Orange tree) has been transplanted and geolocated: Latitude 01° 48′ 37.89″ S; Longitude 37° 33′ 9.30″ E