Trees store lots of carbon and the forest soils on which they grow also harbour vast amounts themselves. When forests die – either through fire and drought, or when we people clear them – all that carbon is released back into the atmosphere. That’s not good. In fact, it is worse.
Trees are no longer there to take it back out again; it’s bad news on bad. What can be done? Yes, you can sign petitions. You can stop buying foods that have a deforestation footprint. And you might even protest and throw yourself in front of a bulldozer somewhere in the world. That’s what people do. But it seems that few of these approaches are making much headway.
So what can we do to make a difference?
- Experience the sun glinting from high above onto a young green leaf on the forest floor below.
- Smell the scent of a forest after rainfall.
- Hold the hand of a loved one in the cool under the cathedral spires.
Source and Photo Credit: Scott Poynton