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Planting forests of indigenous trees to facilitate the health of our natural environment is important for all life on this this planet beyond 2020  .. in a nutshell, here is a reminder why …

 

The state of our natural environment

On a global level, the state of our natural environment is out of balance. We are faced with the unprecedented high levels of pollution across the globe –  air pollution, water pollution and soil pollution and  this directly affects the QUALITY of all life on earth. Pollutants are MAN MADE. They are not “borne” of the natural environment. They are a result of our collective individual and business footprints (over many years) as consumers, sellers AND producers.

Our collective individual and business footprints have not only given rise to high levels of pollution across the globe but have affected the rate of climate change. The rate is a concerning one and a 2% rise will have severe consequences i.r.o the availability, quality and affordability of all our primary resources.  We need to address this challenge quickly and sustainably in a way that the solution itself does not exacerbate the problem.  The regrowth and regeneration of existing endemic forest areas across the globe and the expansion of endemic forest reserves across mother earth, as the means to sustainably address the cleaning up of our biosphere, should be a no brainer.

Planting trees is the “greenest” form of balancing, mitigating, offsetting our collective footprint and regenerating the planet.

The biggest challenge for governments and big businesses across the globe is the provision and supply of clean water, clean energy, clean soils and clean air. There are many products and technologies on the market (existing and under development) emerging in response to the urgent challenges around not only cleaner resources but – in context of extreme weather patterns –  security/availability thereof. These products and technologies, while gaining increasing momentum as part of a rising Green Economy that has the potential for enormous job creation, are often costly and not within budget for many individuals and businesses.

There are, however, many hidden environmental impacts around most, if not all of  these products/technologies that are not apparent or brought to light by the manufacturers, the suppliers or service providers. These hidden factors relate to the environmental footprint of the production cycle of products, including the mining of raw materials, production into a usable product, transportation to and use by the end user. The  “embedded” (hidden) footprints around “green” technologies (energy, water and waste) do not make them a sustainable solution w.r.t the challenges we are facing. They are certainly important in the bigger picture going forward but the carbon and environmental footprint associated with most of them reduce their efficacy as truly green options.

When it comes to implementing “green” measures to address our environmental footprint (especially our carbon one since it has the greatest effect on temperature levels), planting indigenous, endemic forest trees and regenerating existing forest areas (across the globe, not just here in SA)  is by far the most effective option method to choose in terms of cost, efficiency and “offsetting” our impact on the environment. Planting forests of trees has an immediate effect on the micro and macro levels for all life on this planet. Planting cleverly chosen, local, indigenous trees is effective immediately and continues to have an impact for an incredibly long time. Once the trees are planted, they immediately start to attract animal life such as birds and insects, which in turn accelerates the regeneration process.

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