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Help to make Greenland greener

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13. Sep 2015
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Our mission for today was to plant at least 100 trees, and that is what we have done. Nature in Narsarsuaq is really amazing. The arctic is not full of ice and glaciers, as most of the people think. Here, in South Greenland, you can also see a beautiful green vegetation.

During photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen so when they grow over a long time like trees they will reduce our carbon dioxide level. It especially rises due to burning fossil fuels, like with automobile traffic, manufacturing processes and other energy intensive activities. It is also really important to plant trees as they are the natural habitat of the animals and birds, as well as many endangered species.

If you want to have a comparison about how much a tree can help us, I have these 3 facts for you:

Over the course of its life, a single tree can absorb one thousand kilograms of carbon dioxide. One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four! Reduce global warming simply by planting trees for the environment.

Last Edited: 13. Sep 2015
  • Delphine Zacharias

    Hello world! My name is Delphine Zacharias, I am 17 years old and I live in Hamburg (Germany). I am in the junior year of the oldest UNESCO school in Germany, the Helene-Lange gymnasium where my focus areas lie in art, theater and politics. Besides school I will start two years of an economy course at the chamber of commerce in Hamburg, called "Junge Akademie" in September. In my free time after school I like to go to fitness or dance gym courses, exploring in the topic of fashion or going to art exhibitions. As I think fashion is a really interesting and always changing domain, I would love to work in that business in my near future. I also can not doubt that the fashion industry has an impact on damage of nature, for example by environmentally harmful processes or by using chemicals, but that is one of the things I think we can change and which I want to change. I am part of this project to get a voice, to inspire young people and also myself and to show the world that we can change everything if we will work together as one big community. Lets change the perspective!

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  • hlg4planet

    Delphine, we admire what you and the group are doing! It´s good to have you out there as witnesses, to document for us what is going on and perhaps giving us an idea of what can be done in the future… safe journey!

    • Delphine Zacharias

      Thanks a lot! I am looking forward to share my experiences with you!

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