11,000 scientists have analyzed the last 40 years of data and “clearly and unequivocally [declared] that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” Hence we must consider the potential option that they could be right.
The Indepedent calls “2020 [the] world’s last chance to tackle climate change“.
What are “The Twentrees”?
We’ve known for years that a growing number of animals face extinction. That our beloved elephants may not live to see even 2030. Even the largest land animal of them all depends on trees. But did you know that fish and crustaceans also depend on trees? So much so that without mangrove trees, some marine species will quickly become extinct. If trees disappear, then animals will too: they rely on them for habitat and for food. Many of us are yet to realize just how close we are to becoming endangered ourselves. 2020 is the year that represents the world’s final opportunity to tackle climate change and to protect nature.
While the prospect of having to save our planet may feel overwhelming, it may actually be an amazing opportunity to be part of something epic, on a global scale. In the next 10 crucial years, we can make a difference. We can take steps to protect humans from extinction.
We can save our planet.
What we know about Climate Change
The climate change emergency is complicated because it’s driven by a number of different factors: An ever-growing population, the burning of fossil fuels, carbon emissions, animal farming, short-lived pollutants, plastic waste… all of these things play a significant role in damaging our planet and contributing to climate change.
The power to actually make significant changes lies predominantly in the hands of national governments. They’ve been creating new laws and slowly bringing change to the world.
While we can all aim to eat less meat, we can’t single-handedly overturn farming policies. While we can use less plastic, we can’t make industrial manufacturers follow suit. That’s on international governments. What we can do is put our voices behind the movements to fight climate change, and make physical efforts ourselves to reduce the impact on the planet.
So, along with petitioning for our politicians to make green changes, and showing our moral and financial support to businesses taking positive steps, it’s time to focus on what we can do as individuals and the role we ourselves can play in stopping climate change.
The role of Trees in Climate Change
There are many problems that contribute to climate change, but there are also many solutions. One thing that can actually reverse the damage that’s already been done to the planet is more significant than all of those solutions. And that thing is a tree.
As a tree grows, it takes in carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis. It stores the carbon as wood and releases oxygen back into the air. Trees are essentially Earth’s filter. They play a fundamental role in keeping carbon emissions in balance. We need more trees and fast.
But frustratingly, we’re losing massive quantities of trees each day. Deforestation for the purposes of agriculture, town expansion, or for profit, are clearing as much as 150 acres per minute.
What we do in the next 10 years could make or break our planet. As a new decade has begun, let’s herald in the dawn of ‘The Twentrees’ – the decade that will save our planet.
What Will It Take To Save Our Planet?
A recent report by ETH Zurich found that, excluding the areas currently being used for agriculture and human life, there are 0.9 billion hectares of the planet suitable for afforestation (the planting of forests). Problem solved, right?! Well, critically, it will take decades for all these newly planted trees to be established. That’s why it’s so important that these efforts start sooner rather than later.
Planting trees with Click A Tree can help plant all these badly-needed trees. Even if you only plant one, let’s get started planting trees today!
The countries found to have the greatest capacity for tree-planting during the Twentrees are Russia (151 million hectares); the US (103 million hectares); Canada (78.4 million hectares); Australia (58 million hectares); Brazil (49.7 million hectares); and China (40.2 million hectares).
If you live in any of these countries, you have a great opportunity to get involved in local projects that help to re-establish plant life. It’s generally accepted that, depending on the tree species, you can plant anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 trees per hectare.
Planting trees for the Twentrees would be life-changing for 3.6 million people and their families. They would have a stable, reliable income. This would help them afford food, resources, and even education. Plant some trees in your own garden, join local projects to replant parks and nature reserves, and support organizations that run afforestation projects.
The mission at Click A Tree is to make sustainability simple. And it doesn’t get any easier than a few simple clicks from the comfort of your seat. Plant a tree for marine wildlife, for endangered elephants, or for young adults in Ghana to build a better future for themselves.
Your Time To Act
What will you do to make The Twentrees the decade that saves our planet?
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