How do trees fight climate change


How Trees Fight Climate Change

Global warming is happening at a faster rate than ever. Our polar ice caps are melting and our forests are burning.

We’re in a climate emergency and it’s threatening our planet. According to experts, we're on track for an increase of between 3°C and 4°C by 2100. And these are only global average temperatures. At the poles and over land (where people live), the increase may be higher – possibly even double.

Once we’ve reached the tipping point we’ll be powerless to intervene.

We need to act fast

There will be devastating consequences as temperatures soar. Changes will be irreversible as ecosystems collapse. Our planet will be unrecognisable.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that global temperatures need to be kept from rising by more than 1.5°C. We've already passed 1°C. We need to act now. The UK has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, but how can we achieve it?

We need to seriously reduce our emissions, and find a way of reducing the damage already done. Technology is being explored to remove CO2 – the biggest culprit – from the atmosphere, but they are expensive and complex.

There is a simpler solution – and it’s our most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change: trees.

Trees are the ultimate multi-taskers in the fight against climate change.

Credit: Ken Leslie / WTML

Our most powerful weapon: trees

Trees are the ultimate carbon capture and storage machines. Like great carbon sinks, woods and forests absorb atmospheric carbon and lock it up for centuries. They do this through photosynthesis.

The entire woodland ecosystem plays a huge role in locking up carbon, including the living wood, roots, leaves, deadwood, surrounding soils and its associated vegetation.

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Putting a value on trees

In the UK, the value of trees for flood protection is estimated to be £6.5 billion, and £6.1 billion for urban cooling.

And trees do more than just capture carbon.

They also fight the cruel effects of a changing climate. They can help:

  • Prevent flooding
  • Reduce city temperature
  • Reduce pollution
  • Keep soil nutrient-rich

It's not just new woodland. Carbon accumulation continues in woodland that's centuries old. Old-growth forests are actually carbon sinks, contrary to the long-standing view that they are carbon neutral.

Woods are our allies in the fight against a changing climate, yet just 13% of the UK’s land area is covered by trees (compared with an EU average of 37%).

The bottom line is, we need more trees and we need to protect the ones we already have.

Protecting trees and woods

The devastation continues

We recognise the importance of ancient woods in the fight against climate change, yet they are still being destroyed. The number of ancient woods threatened from built development has topped the 1000 mark for the first time.

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We need more trees

Climate change is a huge and complex issue and, as individuals, we can feel helpless. But there is something we can do – and that's increasing tree and woodland cover.

Trees are only part of the solution. Other changes have to be made to reduce global CO2 emissions and an effective response lies in the hands of world politicians. But we do need to plant more trees, quickly.

To help reach the UK government's 2050 target to become carbon net zero – that’s removing as much carbon as we’re producing – we need more trees. The reality is we need to increase the UK’s woodland cover from its pitiful 13% to at least 19%.

We need to start planting

That sounds like a lot of trees, 1.5 million hectares is around the same land area as Yorkshire. But, there’s plenty of space for trees. In fact, scientists have already mapped areas that could be planted across Europe, all of which wouldn’t impact agriculture or urban areas.

We can also get trees in the ground while retaining unique non-woodland habitats. Keeping the landscape diverse is essential for resilience. There are also habitats that store even more carbon than woods, such as peat bogs, that are also in need of restoration.

Planting the right tree in the right place is vital. We plant native trees where they will thrive. By planting native, we make woods that are more genetically diverse and therefore more resilient against pests, diseases and the effects of climate change.

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Tackling the nature crisis

Climate change is only half the battle. We are also facing a biodiversity crisis. The UK is ecologically damaged; we've lost 13% of our native species abundance since 1970 and this will only get worse if things go on unchanged. 

By restoring precious habitats and planting new native woodland with UK-grown trees, we extend and create havens for wildlife, boosting biodiversity. This goes hand in hand with our planting to mitigate climate change.

Credit: Phillip Formby / WTML

Looking after what we've got

Protecting old, established woods and trees is essential.

We lobby government and influence policy to protect what we already have.

Over the decades that we've been campaigning, we've saved thousands of threatened woods that are already working hard locking up carbon.

Planning for the future

Tackling this crisis now means leaving the world in a liveable state for future generations.

We want everyone to connect with and recognise the importance of trees and woods in our lives, from distant rainforests to the landscape on our doorstep. By working with schools and communities, we’re empowering people to take the fight against climate change into their own hands.

Ways you can help

Woods and trees need planting and protecting, and there are lots of ways you can get involved and support us.

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Become a member

There's no better way to stand up for trees than by becoming a member of the Woodland Trust.

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Does planting trees actually fight climate change?

As the world races to stop climate change, trees are receiving more attention for the role they play in cooling the climate – and for good reason! Trees absorb and store massive amounts of carbon, and unlike other carbon removal methods they don’t require expensive technology. Research indicates that natural climate solutions, such as forest conservation and restoration, can provide over one-third of the climate mitigation needed in the next decade to meet the Paris Agreement targets. 

In recent years, a number of tree planting programs were launched. Some of these programs aim to plant millions or even trillions of trees! Many businesses have gotten on board with the trend, launching campaigns to “plant a tree for every product sold. ” 

But as tree planting becomes more popular, there’s growing skepticism about whether or not it’s actually effective. With climate change accelerating, how much should we rely on tree planting to save us? Is planting trees the best way to fight climate change or are we focusing on the wrong solution? 

This blog addresses all of these questions and a lot more!

Which is better: planting new trees or protecting existing forests? 

One of the main concerns about tree planting is that it distracts us from addressing the underlying problem: the carbon emissions that are causing climate change. This is a valid concern, and tree planting should never be treated as a fix-all solution or substitute for reducing emissions. Instead, governments, businesses, and individuals should take a holistic approach to addressing climate change.

At Sustainable Travel International we believe this begins first and foremost with reducing carbon emissions. There are a number of ways that we can accomplish this. The first, and most significant, is by decreasing our consumption of fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, and coal. We can do this by adopting low carbon practices and supporting the expansion of clean energy infrastructure. 

Another way that we can reduce emissions is by preventing the destruction of existing forests. While planting trees, or forest restoration, can and should be part of the solution as well, our stance is that safeguarding existing forests should be the #1 priority. Here’s why:

Forests are storing a lot of carbon right now. 

Trees are natural carbon sinks. As they grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air. This carbon gets stored in their leaves, branches, trunks, and roots. The amount of carbon that is stored in a tree directly corresponds to its size. On average, carbon makes up half of a tree’s dry weight. So the larger the tree, the more carbon it’s holding.

Sadly, the world’s forests are actively being destroyed at an alarming rate. When trees die, they don’t just lose their ability to absorb more carbon – they also release much of the carbon they were storing back into the atmosphere.  In 2020, more than 10 million acres of undisturbed tropical forest was lost. This forest loss emitted the same amount of carbon as 570 million cars do in an entire year! 

Planting a new forest won’t immediately restore what was lost. It could take decades, or even centuries, for the young trees to sequester the amount of carbon that the old ones were storing. And that’s if they survive. 

Research shows that preventing the loss of one hectare of existing, mature forest typically avoids about 100 tons of carbon emissions. On the other hand, one hectare of restored forest sequesters around 3 metric tons of carbon each year. That means it would take at least 30 years for the new forest to capture the same amount of carbon that was stored in the old forest. 

With the window to avoid climate catastrophe closing, we simply don’t have that much time.

Forests house immense, irreplaceable biodiversity. 

Our world’s forests aren’t just full of carbon. They’re also complex ecosystems that are abounding with biodiversity. 

From jaguars to orangutans to giant pandas, forests are home to approximately 80% of the world’s land-based plant and animal species. So when a forest is destroyed, it can also wipe out the incredible wildlife that live there.

Even if a forest is restored, it will never be quite the same. It can take hundreds or thousands of years for plants and animals to fully recover, if they ever do. 

While old trees are strong and resilient, young trees are weaker and more vulnerable to stressors such as fires and drought. In healthy forests, older trees nurture younger trees by sharing water and nutrients via underground fungus networks. But on their own, young trees often don’t survive.

Some forests are home to endangered species that are found nowhere else in the world. When a species goes extinct, there’s no bringing it back – no matter how many new forests we grow.

Protecting forests also benefits people. 

Around the world, a staggering 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods.

 Forests provide food, fuel, housing materials, medicine, and other important resources. When forests are destroyed, these resources are lost too. 

Small, young trees aren’t able to provide all of the resources that communities depend on. For instance, it can take years before a tree begins producing fruits or nuts.

Click here to learn more about the important benefits that forests provide.  

Are you seeing a common theme?

In case you haven’t noticed, natural forests are remarkable and irreplaceable ecosystems. That’s why it’s best to keep them standing and prevent them from being destroyed in the first place. 

But this doesn’t mean that we should completely disregard forest restoration as a climate solution. Tree planting can be another powerful weapon in the fight against climate change, but only when it’s done right.  

How to choose a tree planting organization

Not all tree planting projects are created equal. This is because reforestation is a lot more complicated than finding an open plot of land and planting a ton of trees. Planting trees must be done with care, otherwise it can create more problems that it addresses. 

Before choosing a tree planting program, keep these five things in mind:

1. Does the project focus on the health of the whole ecosystem? 

While combating climate change may be the foremost goal of a tree planting project, this shouldn’t come at the expense of the local ecosystem. Projects should focus on more than carbon sequestration to ensure they don’t cause harm to biodiversity, water supplies, and other parts of the ecosystem. 

In general, it’s best to restore areas where a forest previously existed. Avoid projects that convert other types of ecosystems, such as grasslands or wetlands, to forest. While you might think you’re doing good for the planet, when trees are planted where they don’t belong it can have the opposite effect, exacerbating climate change and wreaking havoc on local ecosystems.

The types of trees that are being planted matters too. Projects should prioritize native species that are well-adapted to the local climate and ecosystem. Planting the wrong type of tree can actually cause more harm than good. For instance, non-native species may struggle to grow, become invasive, or deplete local water supplies. 

It’s also beneficial to plant a mix of different species rather than just one type of tree. Diverse forests provide a richer wildlife habitat. Single-species plantations, on the other hand, do little for biodiversity conservation and are far more susceptible to drought, pests, and disease. 

2. What will happen to the trees after they are planted? 

Reforestation is not as simple as planting a thousand seedlings and leaving. On the contrary, it is an ongoing process that requires conscious management. Young trees must be cared for after they are planted to ensure their survival. Without proper after-care, the seedlings’ survival rate may be very low.  

Instead of focusing on the number of trees planted, projects should focus on the number of trees grown. In other words, how many seedlings actually survived and grew into trees? 

Once the trees are mature, the project is making good progress. But it’s not at the finish line quite yet. What will happen to the trees 10 or 20 years down the line? Will they be cut down? Or will they still be standing?

One study found that half of Costa Rica’s regenerated forests were gone within 20 years. Another study found that in parts of Brazil, regrowing forests were typically cleared within five years. 

Make sure the goal of the project is to establish a permanent forest ecosystem, not to grow a temporary plantation that will be cut down. Once the forest is grown, it should be responsibly managed to ensure it delivers benefits for people, wildlife, and the environment. In certain cases, this may include timber harvesting, so long as it’s carried out in a sustainable manner that ensures the continued health of the ecosystem.  

3. Is the project addressing the root cause of deforestation? 

Even if a project has good intentions, there could be external factors that put the restored forest at risk. 

Many tree planting projects are located in regions where deforestation is actively taking place. The main reasons that forests are destroyed include:

  • growing crops and grazing livestock
  • urban development, such as roads, houses, and other infrastructure
  • extracting resources such as timber, minerals, and coal

If the main drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, the forest will likely be destroyed once the project is over. Alternatively, the project could cause the loss of another forest.  

Take for instance a project that is planting trees on degraded farmland. Though this may sound like a great idea, it could push farmers to clear more forests if they still need space to grow their crops.

To ensure lasting change, projects must transform the behaviors, policies, and mindsets that are driving forest loss. This could include teaching farmers to use more productive growing practices that require less land. It could also include securing the land rights of indigenous peoples who act as caretakers of the land.

4. Are local communities involved in the project? 

For a tree planting project to succeed, it must have the support and participation of local people. Unfortunately many conservation projects don’t align with community interests and needs. The worst offenders may even displace communities from their lands. This can lead to conflict and disastrous consequences. 

Look for initiatives that actively engage local people at all stages of the project life-cycle, from planning to implementation to monitoring. Also consider what social and economic benefits the project is creating. Local communities will be far more likely to look after a forest if they can see how it is improving their lives as a result. 

5. Is the project third-party verified?

Vetting tree planting projects on your own can be next to impossible. Thankfully, there are rigorous standards that take care of this for you. These standards verify that projects are carefully planned and managed to address risks and ensure project success. This includes making sure that projects…

  • are scientifically-proven to create permanent emissions reductions that won’t be reversed
  • do no harm to local ecosystems by identifying and preventing any negative environmental impacts
  • have the support and participation of local communities
  • are monitored and verified on an ongoing basis

Before you support a project, check to see if it adheres to one of these third-party standards! 

How carbon offsets protect and restore forests

One way that you can support forestry projects is by purchasing carbon offsets. When you buy carbon offsets, you fund projects that remove CO2 from the air or prevent future emissions from happening. Because trees sequester CO2, many carbon offset projects focus on protecting or restoring our world’s forests.

As we explained above, we believe that reducing carbon emissions should be the top priority. That’s why the majority of our carbon offset projects protect existing forests from deforestation or produce clean energy. But since we know that regenerating destroyed or degraded forests is important too, many of our conservation projects also include a restoration component. 

Read on to learn about three of our carbon offset projects that are promoting healthy forest ecosystems. How they go about this varies from one project to the next as their approaches are informed by the local situation. However, one thing that all of our projects share in common is that they meet the above criteria and have been verified by one of the international standards.

Maisa REDD+ | Brazil

This project is safeguarding a large swath of rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon. This area is threatened by deforestation due to an ongoing cycle of illegal logging and agricultural expansion in the surrounding region. 

The project aims to curb these harmful activities by engaging communities in alternative economic activities, such as acai berry harvesting. Because these new income-generating activities rely on healthy forests, it incentivizes communities to conserve them. The project is also avoiding forest loss by promoting more sustainable farming practices that reduce the need for slash-and-burn methods and utilizing satellite surveillance to spot possible deforestation.

> Read more about the Maísa REDD+ project

Green Trees | USA

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley was once covered by 22 million acres of dense hardwood forests. Today, less than 20% of the original forest remains. 

The Green Trees project is reforesting one million acres of farmland in the valley by incentivizing farmers to plant and protect native tree species. The project also supports sustainable tree harvesting, which creates additional income for local communities. In addition to storing carbon, the revitalized forest will provide a habitat for migratory birds and prevent pollution from entering the Mississippi River.

> Read more about the Green Trees project

Yaeda Valley REDD | Tanzania

This project is helping the Hadza people, an indigenous community in Tanzania, protect their forested land from encroachers. As a hunter-gatherer society, the Hadza rely on the earth’s bounty for their survival. Unfortunately, much of the Hadza’s ancestral land has been cleared and converted into cropland by farmers.

This project prevents further deforestation of the Hadza’s land by strengthening their land rights, enforcing the village land use plan, and training farmers on improved agricultural techniques that reduce the need to migrate to new land.

> Read more about the Yaeda Valley REDD project

These are just three examples of the types of forestry projects that our carbon offset program supports. If you want to read about our other carbon offset projects, you can do so here.  

And if you’re interested in buying carbon offsets, you can get started by calculating your carbon footprint here! Or, if you’d like to learn more about offsetting carbon for a business, drop us a line here. 

Tags: business carbon offsets, business climate action, carbon neutral, carbon offsets, carbon reduction, climate change, Conservation, forest, forest restoration, Reforestation, tree planting

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Planting trees to change the climate for the better - DW - 06/21/2010

Felix Finkbeiner, creator of Plant-for-the-Planet Photo: DW

June 21, 2010 What

the media can do to make us understand that the climate is changing and change our habits, our behavior. This will be discussed at the Global Media Forum conference, which opened under the auspices of Deutsche Welle in Bonn.

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"The climate is changing," scientists say. What can the media do to make us understand this, and even better - change our habits, our behavior. What is the media saying about climate change? This will be discussed at the Global Media Forum conference, which opened under the auspices of Deutsche Welle on June 21 in Bonn.

"Stop talking, let's plant trees," chanted in early May two hundred children gathered in front of the Petersberg Hotel near Bonn, where a conference of environmental ministers from 45 countries was being held. Ministers argued about measures that could slow down catastrophic climate change...

Children came to plant trees in front of the Bundestag Photo: picture-alliance/ dpa

And the children demanded to support their initiative and plant a million new trees in every country in the world.

In front of the hotel "Petersberg" schoolchildren planted their millionth tree in Germany.

Felix Finkbeiner's Million

The idea to plant a million trees was born in Felix Finkbeiner's mind three years ago when he was a nine-year-old student preparing for a lesson on global climate change. On the Internet, he read that one African woman planted 30 million trees in Kenya in 30 years. Making your report at school. Felix spontaneously suggested: "Let's plant a million trees in every country in the world."

Photo: Plant for the Planet

The idea has already been taken up by children in 72 countries. And the initiator, Felix Finkbeiner, received an invitation, together with aeronaut Bertrand Picard, to open the Global Media Forum on June 21, 2010 in Bonn, an international conference where they will talk about negative climate change and how to promote positive change.

To begin with, of course, you can support the initiative of Felix Finkbeiner. After all, one of the main destroyers of the atmosphere is carbon dioxide, CO2 gas.

Hermann Scheer, alternative Nobel prize winner for promoting alternative energy sources Photo: picture-alliance/ ZB Prize, Member of the Bundestag and Chairman of the World Renewable Energy Council.

Global Media Forum mobilizes for the fight

In addition to Hermann Scheer, Felix Finkbeiner, Bertrand Picard, scientists, businessmen, politicians, non-governmental structures, and media representatives will take part in the Bonn forum.

Emblem of the Global Media Forum 2010 Photo: DW

The Global Media Forum is an international, interdisciplinary and interactive event, Ralf Nolting, one of the forum organizers, explained to Deutsche Welle. Over the course of three days, more than fifty different discussions and seminars will be held in Bonn, during which they will talk about problems, and possible ways to solve them, and the role of the media in this. "Journalists have a special role to understand what is happening with the climate, convey it to the broad masses and increase their pressure on politicians, on those who make decisions," says Nolting.

Is it okay?

The need for this is confirmed by the results of a survey conducted with the participation of Deutsche Welle in 18 countries around the world. According to Deutsche Welle CEO Erik Bettermann, sociologists at the Synovate Institute concluded that 10 percent of us, seeing the manifestations of climate change, believe that everything is not so bad.

According to psychotherapist Mark Brayne, who will speak at the forum, politicians' indifference to climate issues is due to the age of politicians. It is difficult for them, for the most part, middle-aged people, to abandon the views and approaches developed throughout their lives, the scientist believes. "It's a big psychological problem for these people to figure out how to use wind or solar energy instead of coal," Brain says.

Children have their own future - adults have their own

Felix Finkbeiner has his own, also age-related explanation of the current situation: "When children talk about their future, they mean what will happen in 80 or even 90 years. For adult future is what it will be in 20-30 years."

Children plant the millionth tree in Germany Photo: DW

In other words, most adults relate to global climate change according to the principle: after us, even a flood. For children, this "flood" can begin even during their lifetime.

"Adults don't understand how children feel when they hear that 30,000 children die every day on the planet due to the climate crisis. And this number is constantly growing," reminds Felix.

So he is trying to do something to save the climate. Agitates politicians, plants trees, wrote - together with his associates - a book. They are guided by the slogan: "Think globally - act locally." Do something where you live. For example, planting trees.

Author: Matthias von Hein/Victor Agaev

Editor: Gennady Temnenkov

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Every month we tell you what is really happening with our planet. This time we will tell you if tree planting is really a viable solution to combat climate change?

When we look at all options for reducing and curbing emissions, trees will be our great allies

Diego Florian

Director of the FSC ITALIA Forest Stewardship Council

But first, the latest data from the Copernicus Climate Service.

Temperatures in FebruaryEuronews

Globally, February was not as warm as the last five years, with temperatures just 0.1 degrees Celsius above the average for the period 1991-2020.

Anomalous February on the planetEuronews

But if you look closely, it was an unusual month.

The central and southern parts of the United States were much colder than usual, with arctic weather extending all the way to Texas.

It was much colder in Siberia, but warmer in Greenland.

New warming recordEuronews

In the heart of Europe last month we saw a sharp transition from cool to warm.

One example is Göttingen, Germany, where a new record has been broken, with temperatures rising from nearly minus 24 degrees Celsius on February 14 to plus 18 degrees in less than a week.

Is this transition a sign of climate change?

We asked Professor Daniela Domeisen of the ETH Zurich:

Fluctuations themselves are probably not related to climate change. The cold we had in early February was mostly a sign of the polar vortex, and as soon as it passed, we returned to normal temperatures, even above normal. And this is just a sign of climate change

Daniela Domeizen

ETH Zurich professor

The EU said this month that it plans to plant an additional 3 billion trees by 2030. Its goal is to increase biodiversity, but the question arises whether planting trees can be an effective tool to combat climate change. For an answer, we went to the north of Italy.

Not far from Cremona, the trees are just starting to wake up after their winter hibernation. From now until autumn, they will absorb CO2 from the atmosphere on a daily basis, explains Diego Florian from the Forest Stewardship Council:

Thanks to sunlight and carbon dioxide in the air, a tree grows, it turns carbon dioxide into wood

Diego Florian

Director of the FSC ITALIA Forest Stewardship Council

The amount of carbon stored in a tree can be calculated relatively easily this is done by the park manager, Fabrizio Malagi. One such tree contains about a ton of carbon. How many new trees do you theoretically need to plant to offset CO2 emissions?

We know that on average a European emits 5 to 7 tons of carbon dioxide per year, so theoretically, to compensate for this emission, 5 to 7 plants (trees) are needed

Fabrizio Malaggi

park manager OGLIO SUD

Not all forests absorb carbon equally. It all depends on the type of tree, its environment and how the forest is cared for. According to expert Mauro Maziero, young industrial plantations like this one are good carbon sinks.

Such a forest, such a plantation can contribute to the absorption and sequestration of carbon. Since they produce wood for durable products, they will store carbon in these products, in this biomass. Within 12 years, the carbon that would be in the atmosphere will be absorbed

Mauro Maziero

forest policy expert, University of Padua

decades.


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