Factors of Climate Change We Can Use to Restore Balance
Some factors of climate change are malleable. Whether or not Earth Changes are natural or man-made, it is a fact that human beings can directly impact local temperature, moisture, soil health, wildlife habitat, and food availability. This article discusses Trump Forest, planted in 2017 in response to the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and our president’s executive order forcing the EPA to rewrite the Clean Power Plan to prioritize energy production. I’ll also discuss the success of the forest and make recommendations for other things we can all do to restore the functioning of the landscape as a climate-stabilizing powerhouse.
The goal of Trump Forest was to plant 10 million trees around the world. This would, according to researchers behind the project, offset a significant amount of carbon emitted by a step backward to industry-focused energy production. The actual number of trees planted ended up being 1,409,857, so the project was cut short. But that’s still a good number of trees. Now let’s take a look at replanting survival and how to keep new trees alive.
It’s a serious time for the global forest. The Amazon rain forest got global coverage in August for being set on fire. Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro won’t put them out, saying they’re not a big deal and refusing aid because of a personal spat with France. Individuals or groups might not be able to step in and put a stop to that nonsense, but we can plant trees and give them their best chance of surviving. One of the major factors of climate change, global forest destruction can be offset to some degree on local levels until nations with the power to make sweeping change can get it right.
Trees sequester carbon, among other ecosystem services, and we can easily support them with companion plants, smart grading, and simple, low-cost amendments. It’s important to consider the following checklist when planning and executing a restoration project involving tree planting:
- Choose the right species for your area
- Source trees from local growers
- Include a mix of tree species
- Plant companion shrubs, perennials, and ground covers
- Grade the planting area in a concave shape
- Add mycorrhizae
- Mulch thickly
- Water in well after planting
- Check your fledgling forest during the first season at least
Doing these things will help young trees survive until they can establish root systems and become the self-reliant ecosystem seeds that they are. There are other factors of climate change, but forests are one of the most important elements of our planet’s stability. Right now, as much as ever, starting or joining a tree planting project is something we can each do. Planting trees with an ecological approach is something that will allow them to do their best to return the favor by keeping us alive.
Here are links to some additional articles about decisions being made today that reduce our global forest and initiatives that restore forest health and biodiversity while being economically feasible. Please consider taking action by writing to your elected officials. In the U.S. each letter sent via snail mail is counted two thousand times and must be acted upon. The alternative is allowing the corporate lobby to continue using their “personhood” status to dominate the ears of our government.
Alaskan rainforest being opened to logging
Rainforest Action Network continues to fight global forest destruction
Finnish forestry practices follow Trump’s advice and slow wildfire losses
Cattle ranching could stand an eco-upgrade
Zero Deforestation Cattle is possible in the Amazon
Boycott forest destruction