Why do Trees have Leaves?
When a seed starts to grow, it will first extend its roots on the ground to get the nutrients it will need to live. It starts simple enough and as time passes by, it will need more nutrition. Just like how humans grow. We are first nourished by our mother’s milk in the early stages of our life. As we grow, we tend to stop drinking our mother’s milk and eat more solid foods. The same can be said about plants. As it develop and matures, it will need more nourishment that the soil alone will not be able to provide.
The leaves in plants and trees are responsible for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process that converts ‘carbon dioxide, into nutrients needed by the plants. It is fueled by the energy of the sun. To get these ‘energies,, the leaves play an important role in harnessing both the carbon dioxide and sunlight and turn it to ‘Plant food,.
Although that is the main reason on why trees and plants have leaves, there are other reasons why they were created. Life on earth is an endless cycle and all living things depend on each other to survive. Since plants are the symbol of life, it makes sure that all living things breathe oxygen to survive. We in turn breathe, out carbon dioxide on which the plants need to live. The leaves of the plants and trees serve as food for other animals (vegetarians and insects alike). They feed on the leaves and it is vital for their survival. They in turn, become food for the plants when they die and decompose into the soil. Creating more plants that will continue this endless cycle of give and take.
We should appreciate what nature is doing for us and protect it, to ensure a better future for all life on the planet.