September 26, 2018

Prevention is better than cure | Why we don’t plant trees


Trees are great. The world needs more of them. But we need to keep the ones we have already from being chopped down in the first place.

Many forest conservation models and climate change mitigation schemes focus on planting or replanting areas of forest. But Cool Earth believes that prevention is better than cure. Keeping trees standing is easier, cheaper and has more benefits to people, wildlife and the climate. Here are ten reasons why.

Prevention is better than cure | Why we don’t plant trees Cost Reforestation is hugely more costly than keeping trees standing. It averages around £60 for Cool Earth to protect an acre of rainforest in its community partnerships. Restoring degraded rainforest elsewhere in the Amazon costs upwards of £780 per acre. Planting a new forest can cost up to £1,500 per acre.

Established forests provide global climate control, shelter a staggering diversity of wildlife, and provide a home and livelihood for millions of people. That’s why preserving these trees is Cool Earth’s priority.

 

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