Article kindly provided by Alice Stone and published by me as it’s important. Please get in touch with Alice is you can help. Details at the bottom of the post
Local environmental group, Extinction Rebellion Sevenoaks, are calling for local land owners, farmers and businesses willing to plant trees and hedgerows on their land to get in contact with them.
Alice Stone, 37, from Shoreham, says “Mitigating the climate crisis depends upon planting trees on a vast scale. A recent study claimed that this was the best way to tackle rising temperatures. Not only do trees absorb carbon dioxide, they also help prevent local flooding, improve soil, encourage wildlife, and can build resilience against pests by offering a variety of species.
They can also provide food, fuel and building materials in the future, and we suspect that food shortages are going to be hitting us sooner than we think – we need to prepare for this. Our government are failing to act with sufficient urgency and scale to keep global warming within 1.5 degrees (current projections suggest 3 degrees or more); the consequences of failing to do this are dire. To use Sir David Attenborough’s words “We cannot be radical enough”.”
The group are hoping people who own land will come forward and together they can help plant thousands of trees.
Despite declaring a climate emergency, and the Committee on Climate Change finding that Britain must plant 3 billion trees just to reach existing emissions targets, the government have so far failed to reach their conservative targets; last year, only 1,420 hectares were planted of the 5,000 hectares target for England. For these targets to be reached, one fifth of farmland must be converted to forest, peatland or used for biomass crops, and 200,000 miles of hedgerows will need to be grown.
The government has announced it wants more than 10 million trees to be planted across England and it would create a £60 million fund for this task. These figures aren’t even close to the 3 billion we need, which is why Extinction Rebellion Sevenoaks are calling on the community to pull together and help local land owners plant a large number of trees – by helping fund projects, attending planting events, and joining local environmental groups. In essence, the message is ‘plant trees like your life depends upon it!”
This request from Extinction Rebellion is mirrored by The Woodland Trust’s ‘Big Climate Fight Back’ campaign, aiming to plant one million trees on November 30th’.
Large scale planting projects need appropriate planning, and a diverse mix of species. We do not yet know how our native species will cope with our warming climate, so maintaining a diverse woodland will increase the chance of having trees that survive. Location should also be considered; other habitats that are rich in biodiversity and lock up lots of carbon dioxide, like chalk grassland, should not be sacrificed.
Individuals and local communities are also being urged to do their bit, from collecting and growing tree seeds like acorns, chestnuts and those in berry form, to organizing tree-planting events, to getting a tree for Christmas or birthdays to plant in their garden. Communities can look at their local area and contact the council for permission to plant trees where space and safety allow. Schools and businesses are encouraged to look at the land around them for any available space. Volunteers to water the trees in the first couple of summers significantly improves their chance of survival.
Anyone interested in discussing a tree planting project or for more advice on how to grow trees from seeds should contact Alice Stone on firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow me on social media for more!
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