“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”Wendell Berry
We understand that humans have a dominating role in causing the climate crisis, therefore a great deal of emphasis has been made on mitigating the effects of anthropogenic climate change. One such tactic is reforestation, which acts to both compensate for the dramatic human-induced loss of trees and to create more carbon sinks to offset anthropogenic emissions.
However, it isn’t as simple as it seems; this notion of extensive tree planting being the solution to mitigating climate change is infact harmful for ecosystems and functionality of forests in the long-term, including their ability to sequester carbon. Listen to this episode to hear why tree planting is really as complex of a process as is climate change itself.
Sources of data mentioned:
- 2019 reforestation potential study: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6448/76
- Restoration benefits: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01026-8
NOTE: these sources were chosen to make report findings more accessible for those that aren’t familiar with scientific journals.
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