Climate Change and Trees
According to scores of scientists all around the world, Climate Change is THE biggest threat and challenge man has ever faced. We touch on it much more extensively in our GreenInfo commentary on Climate Change, but because it is such an important issue—it’s not just important, and not to sound like an alarmist, but most climate experts believe that if we don’t address Climate Change aggressively head on, immediately, man’s future survival is very much at risk. I know that sounds extreme but the telltale signs are everywhere:
Not only are California’s, and other Western states, wildfire season’s more extreme, the “season” in some places has stretched into a year-long event. In 2018, the worst wildfire season on record, an estimated 18,000 structures were destroyed in California alone. And recently, each year’s wildfire season seems to cause more destruction and cost more lives than the year before.
There are many reasons why the fires are more frequent and more extreme, but they all are a partial cause of or result of Climate Change.
While it in itself will not prevent future wildfires, planting trees, hundreds-of-thousands or millions of them, can significantly help mitigate the problem of Climate Change.
Trees are vitally important for several reasons, but two of the most important ones are a.) during the process of photosynthesis trees take in vast amounts of carbon dioxide CO2 and convert it into much of the air that we breathe. And b.) the CO2 that they absorb is stored in them. According to researchers at North Carolina State University, "a single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old."