Planting Trees Climate Change

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Does planting trees help climate change.

Human carbon footprint would heat the atmosphere and nothing was done. Since the mid-20th century we have known that the "greenhouse effect" can melt the poles and raise sea levels, and efforts to stop pollution were almost non-existent. 

Since the 1970s, the Exxon company was aware that its products would have disastrous consequences for the planet and humanity, and decided to hide the information. 

Already in 1972 the study "The Limits to Growth" predicted severe consequences. Many years have passed, the attempts to reach agreements against climate change have not been effective and it seems that the situation has no remedy anymore.

How to stop climate change in 2020.
Planting trees to combat climate change

Can we stop climate change by planting trees? 

Climate change is already happening. Temperatures continue to rise, the Arctic ice continues to melt and sea levels are slowly rising. This is already reflected in droughts in some parts of the world and storms and floods in others. If nothing is done, this trend will continue and bring enormous economic losses, massive migrations and crop losses.

Several species have already become extinct, but by the end of the century we could have mass extinctions. And humans could be among them. And you know what the worst part is? That the first people who would suffer the most are the ones who contributed the least to it. 

The owners of the mega oil corporations and the corrupt governments have more means to save themselves, although eventually it would affect them as well.

How many trees do we have to plant to avoid it? 

Planting and caring for trees is all very well, but unfortunately it is not enough. What can we do? 
  1. On an individual level it would help a lot to stop using the car and to use more bicycles and public transportation. 
  2. Also save energy: disconnect everything that we are not using and avoid the use of air conditioning. 
  3. Avoid buying things you don't need, especially if they are packed and come from far away. 
  4. Prefer things that are produced close to you. 
  5. Try to eat a balanced diet, with low meat consumption, because raising animals produces 14% of all greenhouse gases. 
  6. And yes, plant trees. 

Although as individuals we can contribute, we need the will of those who are supposed to represent us to make public decisions. Little can be done without the actions of officials and politicians. 

  • They must be required to use real scientific information to make laws, formulate programs and make decisions.
  • That they plan and work to make us independent of oil: that our economy no longer depends on hydrocarbons.
  • That they invest resources in the regeneration of terrestrial and marine ecosystems: they are the natural solution to climate change.

Reforestation campaigns.

Yes, planting trees. But all this depends on one factor: that politicians truly work for the common good and not for the interests of big corporations. It seems that neither those big corporations nor the rulers have understood that they are part of humanity and humanity is part of nature, and that what affects nature also affects them.

Such irrational behavior can only be understood as mental illness. 

That is why something else must be done: we cannot leave our future in the hands of leaders without conscience. We must organize ourselves. For Joe Brewer, climate change is a symptom of the dynamics of greed promoted by capitalist systems: what we have to do is replace them by creating new systems, with economic dynamics based on the flow of life, not on the morbid accumulation that leads to death. 

We have to transform the way we understand and do agriculture, transport, politics and economics. 

Planting trees and climate change.

Let's learn about permaculture: how to design, build, live together and develop in harmony with ecology. Surely there are organizations near you that offer this knowledge. Let's participate in regenerative development projects. How about a week-long retreat in a self-sustaining community? Why not a few months? How about making our community regenerative? 

Let's apply what we've learned in our neighborhood, in our town. If you own a business or are part of an organization, you can base it on the principles of living systems. In Costa Rica, Chile and Argentina these sites teach regenerative culture. There is a Global Regenerative Tourism Initiative. Learn about the experiences that are already taking place in Mexico, such as the Sierra Gorda ecological group.