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There Are More Trees on Earth Than Stars in the Milky Way

By Rana Banankhah, Reporter

Did you know that there are more trees on Earth than stars in our galaxy? According to NASA, there are approximately 100 billion to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way. On the contrary, there are approximately 300 billion trillion trees on Earth. Initially, the fact is astonishing, considering the size of our galaxy compared to the size of Earth, but there are many factors that play into this matter. To begin with, the stars in our galaxy are usually miles, if not light years, apart, so the population of stars is extremely diffused. On the other hand, trees are monumentally smaller than stars and are greatly concentrated on Earth. 

 

Freshman Katie Casey remarked, “Space is so cool,” and “That’s a lot of oxygen.” Her statement also refers to the importance of trees in our environment and their role in producing oxygen. Meanwhile, freshman Mariela Barocio responded by saying, “Really? That’s so fascinating. I thought we would have cut them all down by now.”

 

Mariela’s comment brings up the significant topic of deforestation. Although three trillion trees is a tremendous quantity, that statistic is constantly threatened by human activity. The Rainforest Action Network estimated that about 3.5 to 7 billion trees are cut down every year. That means that if we don’t plant any trees, all of the trees on Earth could possibly be cut down as soon as 2447. In fact, the number of trees on Earth since human civilization began has declined by forty six percent. This promotes major concern about the integrity of our environment.

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