Each year, more and more, trees are being cut down to make way for houses and a variety of man-made materials. We can argue about the impact of this until we’re blue in the face. With a number of brush fires affecting millions around the country (and world), there’s finally a solution to combating the tree loss we’re experiencing. This solution is where the Trillion Tree Initiative or Trillion Tree Act comes into play. This act will bring together multiple conservation organizations, environmental groups, corporations, governments, and individuals to save the existing forests from destruction and plant more trees to replenish the area. The name comes from the end goal of planting one trillion trees before 2050 rolls around.
Why is this so important?
Humans need trees and plants to survive. We need the oxygen the trees give off as they need carbon dioxide. We also live off of the fruits and vegetables various trees grow. As much as we would claim we’re the “super beings” of this planet, we do need Mother Nature to survive. With deforestation, there is more carbon dioxide forming in the atmosphere. If it gets the point where there’s more carbon dioxide than oxygen, humans and animals alike could be in trouble.
Will planting that many trees be productive?
Yes! Even planting ten trees helps reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Not only that, but these trees will ensure that habitats for animals, birds, and insects are maintained. With a trillion trees, at least 25% of the carbon dioxide could be removed from the planet. This will significantly impact the atmosphere and our overall health. Check out this report for more information on the subject.
What’s the status of the act now?
With COVID-19 taking precedence over the government, understandably the Trillion Trees Act and many others are at a standstill. However, as of February 26, 2020, the committee hearings were held. Visit Congress.Gov for more information if you want to learn more about its status or other current acts.