Planting Trees As A Way To Manage The Climate Crisis
This year will be remembered for some of the most challenging weather events, and experts agree that collective action is the best way to address the climate crisis.
And one of the best ways to do that is by tree planting and reforestation initiatives such as #PlantYourChange.
According to Treehugger, the #PlantYourChange initiative aims to make climate action accessible to anyone by rounding up everyday purchases to the nearest dollar. This way your change from buying coffee or groceries could go to sustainable reforestation efforts.
“The initiative, powered by Aspiration, commits to planting one tree for each purchase made and has already planted more than 3 million trees, offsetting 5 million miles of carbon emissions. Best of all, #PlantYourChange doesn’t require you to open a new account or sign up for a credit card—connecting an existing debit or credit card is easy, and you can pause or cap your weekly planting anytime.”
Apart from reducing emissions, planting trees also increases biodiversity and strengthens the existing ecosystems. Studies have also shown that our current forests can provide up to 23 percent of the climate mitigation we need by 2030.
#PlantYourChange plans to even out the score by planting 100 million trees by 2021.
Tree planting is a simple but effective solution with a far-reaching impact. By rounding up a few cents with every purchase you’re not only reducing your personal carbon footprint but also investing in a more sustainable future.
Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen’s readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.