Another Earth Day anniversary is here. Perhaps you feel, as we do, that every day should be Earth Day.
We can make earth-friendly choices each day in the products we buy or don’t buy. We can recycle although, sadly, recycling does not work as well as we think when we are creating so much plastic waste to begin with. And we can plant trees.
Planting billions of trees across the world is one of the best ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.
As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting program could remove two-thirds of all the emissions from human activities that remain in the atmosphere today, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”.
“This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest] restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said Professor Tom Crowther at the Swiss University ETH Zürich, who led the research. “What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.”
So, if you own some land and can plant some trees, please do so.
We like supporting 8billiontrees.com. This organization is a company of biologists, environmental engineers, and tree planters on a mission to restore damaged areas of the planet. On their website you can calculate your carbon emissions and subscribe to support their tree-planting program to offset those emissions.
There are other good organizations promoting or carrying out tree planting operations. We’d love to hear from you if you are planting trees or supporting a tree-planting cause.
Happy Earth Day!