Updated: Jan 8
In the last 12,000 years, the humanity has deforested 46% of the land trees, but recently the trees deforestation accelerated to a scale that if no trees would be planted, all the trees would be cut down in 200 Years (T.W. Crowther & etal, 2015). While fortunatelly there are a few trees planted every year, it is clear that the planting is not even close to the rate of deforestation. In the UK, many political parties promise to plant much more than they can manage, or have proven to attempt (BBC, 2019).
With over two Billion children in the world (United Nations, 2019), the question is how soon can we bring back the number of trees in the UK and the entire world, necessary to reduce the extra carbon accumulated in the atmosphere which causes the global warming and as well as re-establishing the biodiversity loss which was brought through deforestation by a factor of 10,000 times faster than in natural way (Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, 2020)? If we take into consideration the time a tree needs to grow to its maturity, it might take over three decades to improve the air quality levels even if all the necessary trees are planted today. The other important issue comes from the fact that it is a huge difference to artificially produce a divers and healthy biodiversity within the new formed forests, in comparison with the biodiversity produced by the nature in thousands of years (Wood, 2018).
Despite all this, should we still take the route of teaching our children to become pro-active towards helping the environment and help building a better future for themselves and their communities, or just wait for someone else to do it for us? Following the history of the efficiency of the world’s Governments, do we believe that these institutions will do it for us?
Figure 1. Photo from the personal databank, representing a child planting a tree
BBC, 2019. General election 2019: How many trees can you plant?. [Online] Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/50591261 [Accessed 08 1 2020].
T.W.Crowther & etal, 2015. Journal ARTICLE. Mapping tree density at a global scale, 525(https://www.nature.com/articles/nature14967.epdf?referrer_access_token=8iy_ZdsIVElzWs68msjKu9RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PVqBqhRh-xvvJTzHFUU9TMfiseqc7XBtw3yJeJCBwHMFFt9IVPku9eLL4bn3FB1ZyUDEwJ70nqYhzTuSnwLIct7rjITrNQu10zUxKze9yRTuZ6M2CpmwcIbsYwa0UkUMfPxVjVez8eBsvm), pp. 1-13.
Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, 2020. Impacts of Deforestation on the Loss of Biodiversity. 2019, 8(https://zambrut.com/deforestation-biodiversity/), p. 1.
United Nations, 2019. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. [Online] Available at: https://population.un.org/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/ [Accessed 8 1 2020].
Wood, J., 2018. Earth has more trees than it did 35 years ago - but there’s a huge catch. [Online] Available at: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/08/planet-earth-has-more-trees-than-it-did-35-years-ago/ [Accessed 8 1 2020].