Trees Regulate Climate

June 14, 2016

Trees Regulate ClimateFrom a young age, the message of peace has spoken far louder than that of war.  When given a choice between fighting and resolution – for me – the latter wins near every time.

Of course there are cases when we need to fight or defend something, but perhaps more often, we need to take action.

So when it comes to climate change, I have taken a vow to act on climate rather than fight it.

I’ve heard both terms used when discussing the part we can play in long term solutions, but I sincerely believe that we will get a lot further as a collective if we stop the fighting, and simply act.

How do we act on climate? 

At the beginning of this series on the 6 pillars of tree planting, I shared a link for a list of 101 simple acts to generate positive impact, and lighten one’s footprint on the Earth.

These acts are a combination of mindful decisions made on a daily basis that ultimately impact our environment. Although they are in no particular or fixed order, plant a tree is second on the list.

So what does tree planting have to do with climate? 

I’m glad you asked. 

Although I cannot draw a straight line from tree planting to reduction in carbon in our atmosphere with a concrete or proven number, I can give you five solid reasons how planting a tree is a way to act on climate.

  1. Air: trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen giving humans and animals clean air to breathe, all while reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere;
  2. Water: trees reduces the impact of flooding caused by natural disasters through their unique root system;
  3. Biodiversity: trees host a rich variety of species which strengthens the health of our ecosystem, making it more adaptable to a changing climate;
  4. Health: sourcing natural remedies from forests sustainably can have a positive impact on the human system and ecosystem, since it reduces the need for chemical based medication which ultimately end up in our waterways affecting the aquatic and human population;
  5. Economy: the money saved and earned through planting trees can be reintroduced into our economy to fund other solutions to act on climate such as renewable energy infrastructure.

While I have mentioned in a previous post that biodiversity demonstrates interconnectedness, the sixth pillar – climate regulation – clearly represents a whole.

So while we can get caught up in the somewhat complicated carbon footprint calculations to determine how many trees we need to plant to offset the miles we drive, or the flight we just took, let’s keep tree planting simple.

Plant a tree & take note of the positive ripple effect that it creates.  And while it may seem as though the more you plant, the greater the positive impact, there is a little saying that reminds us that perhaps this isn’t the case. 

Quality over quantity

The right tree, in the right place can make a world of difference.  Now that we’ve wrapped up the series of the 6 pillars of tree planting, it’s time to talk about other topics such as – how to plant trees in my backyard and beyond.

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