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Planting trees today to prevent tomorrow's wildfires
Aug 17, 2022 | written by: Lara Zambonelli
‘Climate change is a global problem and growing trees is a global solution’ - Treedom CEO & Founder, Federico Garcea
In this summer of record-breaking temperatures and wildfires, our mission to grow trees is more important than ever. So let’s take a moment to explain exactly how planting trees today can help combat future heatwaves and wildfires.
Why doesn’t Treedom rush in to plant trees in areas affected by wildfires? We get asked this question every summer, and the answer is simple: planting trees without a long-term plan to ensure they thrive can end up doing more harm than good.
Our aim is to look at the bigger picture, and help reduce our CO₂ emissions through collective behaviour and new, long-term solutions to fight climate change.
That is why we grow trees in carefully chosen agroforestry projects across the world that will absorb CO₂, retain moisture in the soil, and help support ecosystems that are more resilient to devastating wildfires.
In short: growing trees all over the world helps absorb CO₂ and cools the atmosphere. This helps counteract heatwaves and other consequences of climate change.
Sierra Nevada, in Colombia, one of the areas in the world where Treedom is growing trees.
A message from our CEO & Founder, Federico Garcea
“The need to tackle climate change has never been more obvious. The recent heatwaves have led to wildfires sweeping across the UK and the rest of Europe and many leaders are now turning to reforestation and tree planting as solutions.
But simply planting more trees in our cities is not the silver bullet to this problem. Throwing 100 seeds in the ground doesn’t actually equate to 100 trees. Growing trees successfully involves studying the local area, careful planning, expertise, and commitment, otherwise you risk doing more damage than good. We have to grow the right trees in the right place at the right time in order to have a significant positive impact on our planet.
In our 12 years of growing trees at Treedom, we have witnessed first-hand that choosing the right species of tree can improve biodiversity in the area, reduce carbon emissions globally and even support the economy of local communities. Trees don’t have to be planted in the country seeing the effects of climate change. It is a global problem and growing trees is a global solution.”
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