By Afema Ronnie (Pilot, Aviation Journalist, AviaDev Ambassador)
As trees grow, they absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the wood, plant matter, and soil, transforming them into what scientists refer to as “carbon sinks.” In this way, forests contribute significantly to the global carbon cycle by absorbing a large amount of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
Trees are necessary for life to exist. They help filter the water we drink, purify the air we breathe, give shade in our backyard during hot weather, and are home to more than 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Researchers can learn about our planet’s past, present, and future by studying trees. However, the existing status of tree protection in some areas is inadequate. There are currently more than 3 trillion trees on the planet, yet between 3.5 and 7 billion are cut down each year. This is a substantial price that quickly mounts up due to the fact that the quantity of trees is not always compensated for trees, particularly their contribution to negative emissions, are critical in mitigating the terrible effects of climate change.
Tree planting and Negative Emissions
- To offset one ton of CO2, 31 to 46 trees are required.
- Another option to reduce your carbon footprint when flying is to plant trees.
All you have to do is enter your travel information, such as departure airport, number of travelers, destination, and so on. The calculator considers the type of aircraft used, distance, runway taxiing, baggage weight, and other factors.
You’ll be able to see how many tons of CO2 your flight produced and how many trees you’ll need to plant to compensate. When you plant trees to offset a flight, you help clean the air, reduce soil erosion and biodiversity loss, provide jobs for local communities, offer food for animals in the area, and, overall, you are doing something fantastic for the world and future generations. We can all work together to reduce the impact of aviation on climate change. The One Dollar Campaign One dollar A single tree was planted.
Participate in the One Dollar Campaign. We can all work together to reduce the impact of aviation on climate change.