Why tree planting? Trees and forests fight climate change.
In the Gothenburg Botanical Gardens, Sweden, during The Perfect World Foundation’s Climate Conference 2018, Sir David Attenborough planted the symbolic first tree in the organization’s global tree planting project. The goal is to plant one million trees to reduce atmospheric CO2 and the global warming of our planet. In honor of Sir David Attenborough, the project was named ‘Attenborough Forest’.
Planting trees is one of the most effective way to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere. CO2 is released into the atmosphere through, among other things, the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas. Fossil fuels are formed by the remains of dead plants that once absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere, which when burned are released back into the atmosphere. New technologies to absorb CO2 are constantly being researched, but planting trees and biomass are still the most effective and natural way to absorb the atmospheric gas, to date.
Many other positive effects of tree planting.
The Perfect World Foundation’s global tree planting project “Attenborough Forest” focuses on planting trees to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. But trees not only absorb CO2… tree planting also has other positive effects. Healthy forests improve air and water quality, provides us with fresh water, create wildlife habitats, stabilize soils, reduce desertification and improve conditions for biodiversity.
Climate positive by tree planting.
How does it work?
The average carbon dioxide emission for a person living in the western world is 8,800 kilos of CO2 per year. By planting trees for USD 10 per month, you can climate compensate your carbon footprint with 9,000 kilos of CO2 per year, and become climate positive!
Tree planting is almost a whole science in itself. There are about 60,000 different species of trees, all of which have different properties and varying ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2). Trees also grow in various places on earth, with different climates and growing conditions. Based on these conditions, it’s impossible to state exactly how much CO2 a tree absorbs, but it is possible to obtain an estimated answer.
We calculate that by planting trees you will compensate 75 kilos of CO2 for every US dollar. In other words, 75 kilos of CO2 x $10 / month x 12 months = 9,000 kilos of CO2 / year = climate positive!
Travel climate-friendly! CO2 compensate your air travel.
By using The Perfect World’s Emission Calculator you can accurately calculate the carbon footprint of your flights, and CO2 compensate with tree planting… but don’t forget, Business Class costs twice as much as you take up twice the space – the calculator will help you get it right.
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Tree planting - Collaborations for a better climate
100,000 MANGROVE TREES
PARKSTER, together with The Perfect World Foundation, has planted 100,000 mangrove trees in Lamu County, Kenya. For over 100 years, mangrove forests have been used for coal and other local uses, which has led to large-scale degradation and deforestation in some areas. Together with the locals in Lamu County, we are helping to make Mangrove forests thrive again and store large amounts of CO2.