Percentage tree cover
We need to consume less fossil fuel but we also desperately need to plant many more trees. Energy from the sun will warm the soil we stand on unless it is used by growing plants. Photosynthesis can cool our environment, reducing the dew point and increasing rainfall. Every tarmaced and concrete surface, every ploughed field, every rooftop that is not shaded by plants absorbs the energy of the sun. Our town would benefit from further green space, our fields can be far more productive if turned to agroforestry practice, our transport systems can incorporate avenues of trees that protect paved surfaces from the sun.
Can we please measure tree cover as a percentage of the whole surface of the island and make a concerted effort to cover every square metre? The percentage tree cover would be a very useful gauge of our resilience to climate change; it could offer a tangible means of measuring commitment to policy and would provide an environment that would be more comfortable for the population to live in by mitigating extremes of both hot and cold temperatures.
Why the contribution is important
Global warming occurs because we consume fossil fuels which releases greenhouse gasses. We also denude our planet by stripping it of forests. Whether the Sahara or concrete landscapes of our urban areas, desertification provides the means for the sun to warm the planet.
Coincidentally, carbon dioxide is also fuel for plant growth.
This is a double wammy.
by PhilR on February 03, 2021 at 04:08PM