Will reforestation naturally combat climate change?
Scientists and environmental activists strongly believe that restoring forest lands including other significant ecosystems could fight climate change. One suggestion is to plant trees on upland savannah to further develop wildlife environment in Cumbria, United Kingdom.
The planet is currently facing two crises – climate and ecological breakdown. Neither one has been completely addressed to prevent the Earth’s further deterioration. Environmentalists suggest the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air through the protection and restoration of our ecosystems.
Protection, rehabilitation, and revitalization is the key
Forests, mangroves, marshes, peatlands, and other important ecological communities will eliminate a huge volume of carbon dioxide from the air if they are protected, rehabilitated, and revitalized. At the same time, preserving the flora and fauna will reduce the chances of the sixth great extinction.
These lands store carbon 40 times faster compared to tropical or rainforests. Peatlands are also good for carbon deposit storage. It gets oxidized through deforestation, sewerage, burning, farming, drying, and mining to be used on gardening and fuel. They absorb one-third of soil carbon even though they only cover 3% of the Earth’s land.
Benefits wildlife too against climate change
Conservation of the forests and other landforms will also benefit the animal kingdom. The population has declined to 60% since 1970 with an impending threat of another mass extinction of life on the planet. Oxygen is what all living things need, including humans. With the air full of carbon dioxide, it will only kill us, plants, and animals. That is why it is vital to propagate trees and vegetations as they suck the harmful CO2 from the atmosphere.
Environmental groups emphasized the need to increase forest elephants and rhinos’ population both in Africa and Asia. This would be a great help in the scattering of seeds from trees containing huge carbon content.
In March, the United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. The head of the UN Environment Programme Joyce Msuya said, “The degradation of our ecosystems has had a devastating impact on both people and the environment. Nature is our best bet to tackle climate change and secure the future.”
Restoration of natural habitats reduces gas emissions
Based on the latest study, a third of the greenhouse gas cutbacks expected by 2030 can be possible through the restoration of natural habitats. However, similar recommendations have received only 2.5% of the financial support for dealing with emissions.
Nature lovers and protectors urge governments to champion the idea of battling climate change the natural way. Providing natural solutions regarding climate change require an immediate program for studying, financing, and political dedication. It is extremely crucial that they collaborate with indigenous people and other local societies.
They emphasized that this scheme must not be employed as an alternative for the fast and absolute decarbonization of industrial economies. To successfully tackle all causes of climate concerns and its resolutions, a program needs to be committed and well-funded. In this way, the warming of the planet could be held down below 1.5°C.
During the celebration of International Day of Forests on March 21, the conservation of the indigenous trees was tackled. The UN worked with Nicholson and his Plants for Life International. It is a private organization that makes people aware of the significance of indigenous trees in ecosystems.
She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.