• Jolene Roehlkepartain

Planting and Advocating for Trees

In the past 41 years, more than 289,000 square miles of the trees in the Amazon rainforest have been destroyed. In the past year, tree fires have jumped 84 percent in that region. We’re losing too many trees too quickly.

We need trees. Lots of them. Not only do they provide the air we breathe, they also reduce carbon in the atmosphere.

Planting trees is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of confronting the climate crisis since trees take carbon out of the atmosphere. The challenge, however, is that we need to plant lots of trees. Billions of them. Around the world.

The work is beginning.

• Ireland plans to plant 440 million trees in the next 20 years.

• The Nature Conservancy has set a goal of planting one billion trees around the world by 2025.

• The Green Belt Movement so far has planted more than 51 million trees in Kenya.

• Living Lands & Waters has planted more than 1.3 million trees so far, and it’s aiming to plant another million through the Million-Trees Project.

• The Arbor Day Foundation has set a goal to plan 100 million trees around the world and inspire 5million tree planters by 2022.

• Ethiopia set a world record by planting more than 353 trees in 12 hours in July 2019.

• The National Forest Foundation has created a campaign to plant 50 million trees in America’s national forests.

Last year, our family planted two trees in our yards. We donate money to organizations to plant more trees. Interested in planting a tree? Find which trees thrive in your area: https://www.arborday.org/shopping/trees/treewizard/GetZip.cfm.

We can tackle climate crisis by planting and advocating for trees. Let’s do more. Together.

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