Protect the Future - Plant a Tree for Life
Plant a Tree for Life - Protect Future Generations
Fighting climate change has become the greatest priority for many countries. First to tackle the climate crises is Ethiopia with their ‘national green legacy’ initiative to fight climate change. Imagine planting 350 million trees in a day to reach their target of 4 billion trees in the country. Tree planting in Ethiopia should help the overall land mass for forest coverage which a century ago was 35% and in the 2000’s was 4%.
Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis, the head of the centre for wood science and technology at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “Trees not only help mitigate climate change by absorbing the carbon dioxide in the air, but they also have huge benefits in combating desertification and land degradation, particularly in arid countries. They also provide food, shelter, fuel, fodder, medicine, materials and protection of the water supply.”
We will never be able to plant enough trees to stop climate change, but we can sure make an attempt. One of the best ways to help prevent planet wrecking emissions is to remove it from the air around us and by planting a tree, which can live up to 300 years and produce 35 tons of oxygen in its lifetime – and that is just one tree!
Some other points to realise:
- Trees can capture about 20 tonnes of C02 per year or 6,000 tonnes in its lifetime.
- Trees will help with stabilisation of soils as well as aid flood protection by storing excess water
- Trees will be able to absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it – as well as its roots and forest cover locking in the higher level of carbon contained in the soils.
- Trees also act as natural barriers, protecting soils and crops from heavy rainfall and strong winds as well as providing natural habitats for many forms of wildlife
Planting more and more trees in the UK will provide increased forest coverage and hopefully this will increase the drawing out of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and contribute toward the ‘net zero’ goal that the UK is committed to as in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
ScotplantsDirect has packaged a few native trees to the UK for the planting of trees for life and to encourage the fight against climate change. The tree packages are one way of aiding the restoration of existing forests and to help create new ones where needed. (NOTE: ScotPlants Direct can only supply Bare Root Trees when they are dormant during the winter months but you can PRE ORDER now to ensure an early delivery date at the start of the season in November.)