This week, let’s talk about tree planting as a way to offset carbon emissionsand a way for businesses to mitigate their carbon emissions. But although it sounds nice to say “we’ve planted a million trees”, this might not actually help.
Instead, scientists advocate for assisted natural regeneration. That is, removing competing plants or grazing animals to help the forest regenerate itself from seeds blown in by the wind, carried there by animals or birds, or from plant parts such as stems, leaves or roots.
Research shows natural regeneration potentially absorbs 40 times more carbon than plantations, and provides a home for more species. It’s also significantly cheaper than tree planting, with different studies in Brazil showing costs reduced by 38%, or even up to 76%.
I really appreciated learning this. Turns out we can’t “hack” our way to saving the planet.
Seeya next Monday,
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