Challenge #2: Tree Planting

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Hi friend! Are you ready for another challenge?

Planting trees is often emphasized in discussions about combating climate change because they serve as natural carbon sinks. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store it in their biomass. This process helps to reduce the concentration of CO2, a greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere.

Deforestation, on the other hand, contributes to the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere, as trees are either burned or left to decompose, releasing stored carbon. This loss of trees, combined with human activities that emit greenhouse gases, such as burning fossil fuels, has led to an imbalance in the carbon cycle and increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

To address this issue, it is crucial to preserve existing natural carbon sinks, including forests and oceans, and to actively enhance them through reforestation and afforestation efforts. By planting more trees, we can increase the capacity of carbon sinks to absorb and store CO2, helping to mitigate climate change.

The concept of “net-zero emissions” is an important goal in climate action. It refers to achieving a balance between the greenhouse gases emitted and those removed from the atmosphere. In other words, the total emissions produced should be offset by the amount of emissions removed or absorbed by natural carbon sinks or through technological means.

Did you know that you could plant trees while sitting in your home?

Yes, it’s because of the magic of Ecosia.

Ecosia is a not-for-profit search engine that plants trees. For every 45 searches you make, Ecosia plants a tree. So far, they’ve planted 175,000,000+ trees.

Here are some other benefits of using Ecosia:

  • It’s carbon-negative. Ecosia offsets its energy use with renewables, so it actually removes CO2 from the air each time you use it.
  • It’s private. Ecosia doesn’t track your searches or sell your data.
  • It’s easy to use. Ecosia works just like any other search engine.

💪 The challenge of the day:

Download Ecosia mobile app and make it your default search engine.

You can try it at least for 24 hours and if you don’t like it, go back to your previous search engine!

✍️ We would love to hear your thoughts after trying Ecosia searches and about planting 1 tree in the comments.

You can also post on social media and make people aware of your contribution to climate action. Don’t forget to tag us: @younginflux.

📚 Additional resource:

What if there were 1 trillion more trees? – Jean-François Bastin

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