New Zealand Wants to Plant 1 Billion Trees to Fight Climate Change!


New Zealand Wants to Plant 1 Billion Trees to Fight Climate Change!

New Zealand is getting closer to finalizing a plan to plant 1 billion trees! The government allocated an additional $240 million to the project, bringing its total budget to $485 million over the next three years.

If approved, the program would play a key role in the country’s efforts to mitigate climate change. New Zealand is considering enacting a zero emissions target by 2050 and planting trees could be incorporated into a cap-and-trade or emissions trading scheme.

Getting the ETS right could drive the planting of 340 million trees over the next 10 years – double the amount that would be planted if the ETS was left in its current state. Forestry Minister, Shane Jones said “This is one of the most important levers the Government has to incentivise the planting of trees to help reach our Billion Tree programme’s goals”

Trees fight climate change by pulling greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere and they also help to protect landscapes from some of the more extreme consequences of climate change like flooding and storms. That’s on top of the many other benefits such as cleaning the air, providing food and shelter and much more.

Jones, the forestry minister said that the trees will help to rehabilitate degraded environments, help to rehabilitate degraded environments, help wildlife thrive and provide around 1,000 jobs.

This sort of all-hands-on-deck approach to environmental rehabilitation is happening in other parts of the world too. In Pakistan, newly elected Prime Minister, Imran Khan announced a plan to plant 10 billion trees and India has backed similarly ambitious projects.

These efforts are undoubtedly good for the environment, but they don’t directly tackle climate change the worlds primary environmental challenge.

To do that, countries have to drastically cut greenhouse emissions. New Zealand currently has a run-of-the-mill emissions reductions target under the Paris climate agreement. However, the country is trying to lower 2005 emissions levels by 30% in 2030. The 2050 proposal of getting to net zero emissions is more ambitious and would be a nice complement to a billion new trees which is looked to be set in place later this year.

New Zealand is getting closer to finalizing a plan to plant 1 billion trees! The government allocated an additional $240 million to the project, bringing its total budget to $485 million over the next three years.

If approved, the program would play a key role in the country’s efforts to mitigate climate change. New Zealand is considering enacting a zero emissions target by 2050 and planting trees could be incorporated into a cap-and-trade or emissions trading scheme.

Getting the ETS right could drive the planting of 340 million trees over the next 10 years – double the amount that would be planted if the ETS was left in its current state. Forestry Minister, Shane Jones said “This is one of the most important levers the Government has to incentivise the planting of trees to help reach our Billion Tree programme’s goals”

Trees fight climate change by pulling greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere and they also help to protect landscapes from some of the more extreme consequences of climate change like flooding and storms. That’s on top of the many other benefits such as cleaning the air, providing food and shelter and much more.

Jones, the forestry minister said that the trees will help to rehabilitate degraded environments, help to rehabilitate degraded environments, help wildlife thrive and provide around 1,000 jobs.

This sort of all-hands-on-deck approach to environmental rehabilitation is happening in other parts of the world too. In Pakistan, newly elected Prime Minister, Imran Khan announced a plan to plant 10 billion trees and India has backed similarly ambitious projects.

These efforts are undoubtedly good for the environment, but they don’t directly tackle climate change the worlds primary environmental challenge.

To do that, countries have to drastically cut greenhouse emissions. New Zealand currently has a run-of-the-mill emissions reductions target under the Paris climate agreement. However, the country is trying to lower 2005 emissions levels by 30% in 2030. The 2050 proposal of getting to net zero emissions is more ambitious and would be a nice complement to a billion new trees which is looked to be set in place later this year.

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