A very good idea to combat the global climate crisis is to plant trees. It is only common sense that reforestation is better than deforestation. However, it is important to know how forests work. Here are only a few key facts to bear in mind.
- It is not simple to create a forest without some expertise.
- It has to be the right trees planted in the right place. This is because some plants are invasive that compete for space. And planting trees that are suitable to the region is fundamental. So knowledge of forest ecosystems is needed.
- Trees and plants not only convert CO2 into sugar for its energy but also stores some C02 in its reserves. Quite surprisingly for many, through deforestation, trees release stored CO2 when cut. They foster biodiversity and shelter a variety of life forms and terrestrial habitats. Being interconnected with the environment, human activities need to be kept in balance with nature.
Trees communicate with each other through a beautiful network of trees as seen in the documentary Intelligent Trees featuring the research of Suzanne Simard. Cutting down forests destroy established networks that have taken years to build. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HPgqqdcQXA
Healthy forests help in reducing desertification of the land. Forests are important in water retention.
YOU CAN PLANT THROUGH TREE PLANTING CHARITIES
A number of international and local organizations have taken on the immense task of reforestation. It is important to check the credentials of the tree-planting organization.
The Earth Day Network is a good tree planting non-profit organization to start off with.
Earth Day’s The Canopy Project.
The Canopy Project is an initiative of the Earth Day Network and aims to plant trees on a grand scale to improve the planet’s environment for everyone. Part of their annual actions, they have planted +10 million trees since 2010
In the coming year, Earth Day Network has a goal of planting 7.8 billion trees — one tree for every person on earth — in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.
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