Tree planting – Who, what, where, when, why?

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In the last few years, tree planting has become an increasingly important weapon in the armoury of those fighting climate change. While it is important to bear in mind that there is no silver bullet in this ongoing struggle, it is difficult to over-estimate the impact that large scale reforestation projects can have.

Through photosynthesis, trees (and all plants for that matter) absorb carbon from the atmosphere. According to Trees for Life, a planting charity based in Scotland, an average tree can sequester approximately a quarter of a tonne of CO2 over 100 years. At last year’s general election in the UK each party pledged significant tree planting operations as part of their environmental policy. This is evidence that it is now a widely accepted and encouraged way to minimise humanity’s impact on our planet.

Trees have long been synonymous with mankind’s delicately balanced relationship with mother nature, so it seems somewhat fitting that they are now such an important ally in the struggle to prevent an entirely self-inflicted mass extinction event.

Reading this blog means you are probably already aware that Circular Computing plants 5 trees for every laptop we sell. Beyond the environmental factors, tree planting done properly can bring jobs and sustainable income to areas where it is badly needed and this is why we partner with fantastic organisations such as One Tree Planted in the USA as well as WeForest in Africa and Asia. You can read more about the great work of these charities on the Reforestation Projects page of our website.

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