Little Green Space
|Why planting trees is important
Tree planting is a very positive action to take for the environment and is one answer to the threat of global warming.
If you are concerned about global warming and your carbon footprint, the most important step you can take is to reduce CO2 emissions. It is not possible to truly 'offset' carbon emissions or become carbon neutral simply by planting trees because:
There is also a risk that while 'carbon offsetting' has benefits, it could provide people with an excuse for maintaining a fossil-fuel intensive lifestyle.
So the best thing is to become carbon conscious. Do all you can to reduce your carbon emissions - and plant trees to reduce the impact of emissions that can't be avoided.
While widespread deforestation is releasing more CO2 into the atmosphere, planting trees instead absorbs CO2 - and it also encourages biodiversity and provides habitats for wildlife.
Trees also play an important role in sustainable living. They provide fuel that is virtually carbon-neutral, fruit and nuts for food, timber, shelter for smallholdings and farms and they help prevent soil erosion. There is no doubt that every single tree planted is of real benefit to the planet.
Calculate the approximate size of your carbon footprint here
For tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint and actions to tackle climate change, visit Stop Climate Chaos
If like us you love the Highlands of Scotland, visit the Trees For Life website. This award winning charity is doing fantastic work restoring the Caledonian Forest. Their site also has details of how you can plant a tree or grove to support their work.