In my daily newsfeed I see all kinds of techie mechanisms and “groundbreaking” technologies; many aimed at removing CO2 from our atmosphere and in some fashion, returning it to the earth. But to what end, to drop a block of carbon on the ground, or stuff the sequestered carbon back deep into the ground by yet one more unnatural and abnormal process? All new technologies have unintended consequences and I don’t think that these so called miracle cures will be any different.
So how about we take another look at trees?
Why not trees?
Is it because trees are not groundbreaking news? Sad.
Trees are a “technology” that already exists. Trees not only sequester carbon, trees sequester water, trees provide cooling shade, and through their natural life cycle trees nourish the soil which assists in growth of more plants & animals. Trees come in a variety of models, each suited to grow in different regions of the world. Trees also cost pennies, rather than millions of dollars, and trees are self replicating at zero cost. The cost model for tree carbon sequestration makes this tree technology easily attainable by nations worldwide.
Our world doesn’t need more “better mousetraps,” we need more trees. It is that simple.