Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out 10 Years Of CO2 Emissions

Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out 10 Years Of CO2 Emissions

March 12, 2019

We’re working toward a world that runs on 100% renewable energy, but what can we do to fight climate change until we get there? Wish there was a simple way to rid the atmosphere of harmful CO2 emissions? There may be — and it involves gardening supplies and a whole lot of digging. 

A team of researchers led by Zurich ecology professor Dr. Thomas Crowther recently concludedthat planting 1.2 trillion trees across the planet would cancel out the last decade of CO2 emissions. Crowther’s logic works like this: He estimates that there are currently 3 trillion trees in the world (a finding supported by researchers at Yale University) and that Earth still has room for an additional 1.2 trillion. These new trees, he surmises, would absorb enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to undo 10 years of environmental damage. 

Of course, planting 1.2 trillion trees won’t be easy or fast. As Greenmattersnotes, “Unless all 7.53 billion people on earth planted 159 trees each, the process would likely take decade.”

Nonetheless, any tree planting will help. So now that the weather is getting warmer, see if you have some room in your yard for a tree or two. You can also donate to tree-planting organization like National Forests, One Tree Planted, the United Nations, and the USDA Forest Service.


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