Aaron V. Johnson:
As I walk my way to class, I can’t help but feel the agony of the harsh sun and smothering temperatures that the weather brings. Yes, I know it’s another typical summer day in Florida but what gives? If only there was more trees for shade.
On a very hot and humid September afternoon, a friend and I took our normal stroll towards our 3:30p.m. Physics class, we were both worn out for the day. The temperature was a steamy 95 degrees, and with a 105 degrees temperature once you include the sticky humidity.
As we climb up a couple set of stairs, I noticed that there were not many trees in the area. I looked around for the nearest one and found it to be several hundred feet away. The path coming from Palmettos Apartments through B.L. Perry and towards the Dyson Pharmacy Building is a long shade less walk with the sun stabbing you in the back every step of the way.
This problem confuses me, because though there is a lack of trees on FAMU’s campus there is plenty of vegetation in Florida State University and the rest of the city of Tallahassee. The landscapes between these places are visibly different. FSU is very environmentally developed with beautiful landscapes, with trimmings, and hedges to boost its appearance. The same can be said for many other areas around town.
It is now time for Florida A & M to receive that same treatment. The landscape really needs more trees. They will make a big difference between having a barren patch of desert to a more developed ecosystem bursting with wildlife helping to create the aurora of a natural and healthy environment.
The presence of more trees on campus will certainly help with many health and other issues for people. Trees provide all sorts of benefits for a college environment. They can cut a person’s air conditioning bill in half by saving energy and money. The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), who promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida, can help fund projects for any residence, business, or schools that are willing to adopt native vegetation in all landscaped areas. There purpose is to promote native Florida vegetation.
Did you know that planting 30 Global ReLeaf trees can absorb the amount of carbon dioxide that is generated in the production of energy for the average American lifestyle each year? This eliminates thousands of toxic air pollutants so that people like Victoria can breathe better and enjoy the outdoors.
American Forrest Agencies say that trees can slow storm water runoff and reduce the need for storm sewers. The shade also helps cool buildings lowering electricity bills especially in urban environments.
As Tallahassee grows it’s becoming more industrialized, building facilities and other infrastructures in place of existing forests and wildlife. Please warn those in massive tree cutting developments of the risks that would be devastating to our natural environment. It is unfair to humans, wildlife, and our environment to make unnecessary changes to our natural land. We can make a difference by planting trees and vegetation of all sorts on our college campuses, homes, and work space.
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