Responsible reforestation: how to grow trees to solve climate change

Elliot Coad

Elliot Coad

Your tree questions answered

  • Why plant trees?

    • At Ecologi, we believe trees are a little bit magic.
      Forest restoration and reforestation are well-known climate solutions because of trees’ ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it in their biomass.
      This carbon absorption ability is entirely natural, and far exceeds the efficiency of any man made carbon removal tech that currently exists.
      As well as carbon sequestration though, planting trees is a wonderful thing to do for a number of other reasons:

      • Trees provide habitat, shade, shelter, and food for local wildlife. Planting trees therefore supports biodiversity and helps to prevent species loss.
      • Trees can provide products that local people can use and sell – like fruits and nuts – without harming the trees themselves.
      • Degraded soil increases the risk of landslides and desertification, and the roots of trees help to stabilise the soil and minimise this risk for local communities.
      • Trees can help to purify air and water sources, providing better health outcomes for local communities.
      • Coastal tree species like mangroves provide excellent natural barriers which protect the shoreline from storms.
      • Trees make us feel better: research suggests they have a positive impact on our mental health.
  • Why are lots of Ecologi's trees mangroves?

  • How does Ecologi select its reforestation partners?

  • How do you protect the trees from forest fires, or being cut down?

  • What's the survival rate of the trees?

  • How much carbon does a tree sequester?

  • Is my carbon footprint offset by newly-planted trees?

  • Who is monitoring the health and growth of the trees?

  • Are the trees being planted varied and native species?

  • How do we ensure the indigenous are protected?

  • Are the workers being cared for and paid fairly?

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