Does planting trees actually fight climate change?
By Shana Greene | Co-Executive Director/Village Volunteers
What is our goal? Well, simply put, we are doing what we can do to reduce the severity of global climate change by planting trees to remove excess carbon from our atmosphere.
Science journals say that we need 25% more forested area than we have now but realistically we need to plant more than a half-trillion trees. If we did, we would capture 205 gigatons of carbon. That’s enough to negate about 20 years of human-produced carbon emissions at the current rate or about half of all carbon emitted by humans since 1960. Planting trees will never be a substitute for decreasing fossil fuel emissions but it will provide food and shade for our parched earth.
Joshua Machinga of Common Ground for Africa and I are teaming up for our love of the natural world and a legacy for children and their children. We know that a half-trillion trees will take a lot of us and a lot of organizations. For us, we focus on trees that are food-producing doing double duty.
This first phase of the project set up demonstration plots in five sub-counties in Trans Nzoia County to demonstrate the production of food crops using GROW BIOINTENSIVE farming methods that use a fraction of resources to grow more food. This training was combined with business training leading to increased income and employment creation for rural communities.
We hope you join us in helping these farmers plant trees. Whatever you donate for the month of July will be matched to plant trees.
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