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Planting trees and sequestering carbon  RSS feed

 
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We all know that planting trees is great for saving the planet and getting carbon out of the atmosphere. If we plant enough of them it would really make a big difference. How many should each person plant is the big question. I came up with the following because it was an easy way to think about it and remember it. This is not based on a carbon footprint but I think it would probably cover most peoples carbon footprint anyway. If anybody wants to actually calculate this out, go for it. I had this idea when my son was about 3 years old and I should have started it then, now he's 20.
The idea is to plant one tree on their birthday when the child is 1 year old, (what a great way to celebrate your birthday by spreading new life on the planet), 2 trees when they are 2 years old, 3 trees when they are 3, 4 trees when they're 4, 5 when 5, 6@6, 7@7, 8@8, etc., etc... At 20 my son would have had 210 trees planted by now. I hope to start this soon for myself my wife and my son going back to when we were all one year old. Our ages are 58, 54, and 20, that's 3406 trees. If our parents had started this for us, that would be 3406 trees in the ground and 746 of them would be over 50 years old by now. The trees don't have to be on "your" land, It really doesn't matter where the trees are planted as long as they are able to grow to maturity. City dwellers could also do this as long as we have spaces where they can legally plant them. Maybe the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Parks system could help kick-start this idea.
Your thoughts ??
 
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