Planting Trees for Climate Change: Does it Make Sense?
If there’s one single topic we like to discuss, it’s definitely balance. We stress work-life balance to maintain optimal mental and physical health. We talk endlessly about the importance of a balanced chakra system to our overall wellbeing.
And when we talk about healing the earth, we need to take a balanced approach too.
When we balance our chakras, we always start with grounding. We root into ourselves and our connection to the earth, recognizing the ability of its vital energies and stability to center us. Thus, to begin to heal and strengthen an environment that humans have played a heavy hand in damaging, we must start at the roots, literally, by using trees for climate change reversal.
Scientists have concluded that natural climate solutions can mitigate over one third of the necessary change to lead to stabilizing the rate of global warming. This means restoring forest lands, conserving existing forests, and finding innovative locations for trees.
Does Planting Trees Help Climate Change?
Plenty of debate has questioned the impact of tree planting on the climate. Undoubtably though, trees undergo a natural process, photosynthesis, that recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen that is essential to human life.
But they do even more than that!
Trees Help Cleanse the Air
According to OneTreePlanted, one mature tree can absorb more than 20 pounds of carbon per year. If a successful campaign of planting trees for climate change happened without any other restorative or reversal action, then with more than a half trillion mature trees, 205 gigatons of carbon could be eliminated to reduce atmospheric carbon pollution by 25 percent.
Those are staggering numbers that mean… BIG IMPROVEMENTS!
While all trees contribute to cleaner air, those with broad leaves – like oak, sycamore, and hazel – produce more oxygen because of the large surface area on their leaves. Rain forests also more rapidly undergo the photosynthetic process, partly because typically hot temperatures in their environments speed up the process.
Knowing that trees produce oxygen from pollution waste in the air to thereby clean the air we breathe, people have innovated ways to grow more. Given humans encroachment on natural habitats, we have to break new ground for our roots.
One method has been to plant urban rooftop gardens that not only provide fresher air but also impact energy consumption within buildings by creating natural cooling systems.
Trees Support Fertile Soil
The role trees play in cleaning our air matters so much to our physical health, but there’s another way that trees improve our wellbeing. Growing trees supports the production of fertile soil that produces more vegetation to sustain balanced diets and nutrition.
The main way that trees nourish the soil occurs through the shade they provide to the ground beneath them, keeping soil from drying out and suffocating the roots of smaller plants. Tree roots also help keep the soil intact but pliant for other seeds to take root and grow.
As more plants come to life, ecological biodiversity increases, which benefits other beings including plants, animals, and humans. This can influence a return to more natural, sustainable eating habits with more available food in a world plagued by hunger.
Nutrition solutions lead to healthier communities, lowering medical costs and providing strong bodies and minds to contribute to society.
Trees Help Protect the Coasts
When we discuss climate change in relationship to global sea rise, we tend to forget that trees have a part to play. Given that many coasts sustain more tropical climates, the quick speed of trees’ photosynthesis, changing carbon dioxide to oxygen, also releases water vapor, which in turn provides humid conditions to sustain other plant life.
The root systems of trees for climate change build structural support to the ground along coasts, keeping destructive tides from surging onto land. By soaking in water, tree roots help stabilize ground water levels, preventing the ground from over-saturating and turning into expansive swamps and bogs. While these places are necessary for ecological balance, in excess, they can harm the environment.
Trees Increase Biodiversity
Trees also help make new soil. Within soil rests unidentified organisms whose contributions to a balanced environment are yet unknown. Trees provide habitats to more than 80 percent of animals, birds, insects, and other plant life that have a part in agricultural stability – for example, animal feces deliver new seeds into the soil and fertilize the ground.
What’s especially important to recognize is the need for diversity in the biosphere. Planting monocultures of trees for climate change, or a single species, can be detrimental to ecological health. Instead, celebrating viable native species of plants can lead to the restoration of currently dying ecosystems.
Challenges to Trees for Climate Change
Certainly, planting trees is not a panacea for climate change. Shifting significant land back into forests will affect populations of people. While this can bring definite benefits over time, initial cost-benefits will have to consider how to compensate communities for major land reclamation.
Reforestation does not eliminate human carbon production. Trees can handle some of the load, but the fact remains that humans need to decrease emissions. A focus on trees overlooks important other steps to healing the planet.
Unfortunately, many ecosystems have faced irreparable damage. That means some tree species that once thrived in certain areas can no longer survive given the ecological destruction that has happened. Changes in soil affect what and how plants can grow.
Finally, while it may seem simple to grow trees, it takes resources to successfully implement reforestation strategies. Trees require care and attention to survive and mature. It can take decades for the effects of planting trees to truly impact climate change.
How Karma and Luck is Planting Trees for Climate Change
We’re taking a vital step in mitigating the effects of climate change by planting trees with EcoDrive from the sale of our Elemental Bundles. Featuring Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, these bundles reflect the incredible resources that thrive through the trees.
Tree of Life
It’s fitting that our collaboration with EcoDrive includes our Trees of Life, which symbolizes our relationship to earth through deep roots while branches reach high to find divine wisdom.
- Our Water Elemental Bundle includes the Aquamarine Tree of Life that reminds us to flow and remain open to change and healing.
- The Earth Elemental Bundle contains the Jade Stone Tree of Life, a sign of wealth and abundance that we can embrace through the idea of planting trees for climate change.
- The Fire Elemental Bundle features a Multi-Stone Tree of Life to help you embrace the transformative power of fire.
- The Air Elemental Bundle contains an Amethyst Crystal Tree for air.
Another way that we can tap into trees for climate change is by reminding ourselves in our everyday actions and habits to remember how we impact the world around us.
By wearing healing bracelets that give us a sense of connection to the earth and the universe, we can choose mindful, healthful steps.
- In the Air Elemental Bundle, the Transcendent Strength Hematite Stone Bracelet features the Tree of Life charm with powerful Hematite crystal energy as a purifying essence against the negative destruction wrought on the world.
- The Branching Destiny Red String Bracelet included in the Fire Elemental Bundle serves to remind us that even as things die away or burn, we can regrow a new, beautiful world that has learned from the past.
- The other bundles have potent jewelry as well – the Broad Horizon Hematite Bracelet for earth and the Initiate Growth Bracelet for water.
With every purchase of an Elemental Bundle, we pledge with EcoDrive to plant a tree for climate change. It’s a single step to lay a foundation for greater transformation and healing in our unique and beautiful world.
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