- 11 Jul 2019
Planting trees isn’t just a climate change solution, researchers are calling it the most powerful climate change solution we have
Most of the world is powered by energy that’s created from the burning of fossil fuels, which means every day we all produce carbon emissions that place a huge burden on the planet.
Reducing our carbon footprint is critical. As a nation Australians produce one of the highest per capita emissions of carbon dioxide in the world.
Carbon dioxide is one of a number of gases referred to as ‘greenhouse gases’ and is currently the primary greenhouse gas generated by human activity.
Releasing excess gas into the atmosphere is trapping heat from the sun which is warming up the Earth. This is and will continue to have a chain effect on our oceans, weather patterns, plants and animals.
We need to do something and researchers at the Swiss university ETH are saying trees are the answer.
How do trees help climate change?
Trees produce the oxygen that we breathe.
Before human civilisation, the Earth had twice as many trees and they were playing a very important role in balancing atmospheric gases.
Trees are excellent at taking in and storing carbon (up to a tonne over the course of their life) and releasing oxygen, helping restore the balance of gases in the atmosphere and preventing the greenhouse effect that’s heating up the Earth.
What positive impact do trees have on the environment?
Taking in and storing carbon is how trees are going to help combat climate change, but they also offer a host of other environmental benefits.
The leaves on trees absorb gases such as nitrous oxide, filtering air and reducing pollution levels for cleaner air.
Trees also have a positive environmental impact on soil. Floods occur when rain cannot soak into the soil fast enough. Fallen leaves and rich root systems generated by trees keep soil healthy and take up water making it more permeable to rainwater.
Absorbing carbon is how trees reduce the greenhouse effect, trees also cool temperature by offering shade and moisture.
How many trees do we need to plant to reverse the climate crisis?
Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to help capture and remove 200 billion tonnes of carbon over 50-100 years.
The analysis identified 1.7 billion hectares of treeless land on which 1.2 trillion native tree saplings would naturally grow. Australia has been identified as one of five nations that collectively contain half of the potential reforestation sites.
The research is so compelling scientists are urging governments around the world to factor tree reforestation into their national strategies.
Why scientist say that tree planting is the answer
Planting trees to help curb the climate crisis makes sense as it's available now, it’s cheap and everyone can get involved.
Unlike new technologies that plan to tackle the climate crisis, deforestation plays a huge part in the climate crisis, we know reforestation will work without unknown consequences.
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