Trees Are More Than Decoration; They Protect Life as We Know It

Dr. Patricia Farrell
5 min readNov 16, 2023

Deforestation worldwide is pushing our climate to the extreme, resulting in inordinate deaths, and tree planting may be one answer to saving all of us.

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Trees are essential to life as we know it on Earth. The protection of forests has to be deemed vital, yet clearing vast tracts continues, especially in areas desperate for firewood or illegally cleared for other purposes. Ecosystems and human societies are in danger as a result of the ongoing climate and biodiversity crises.

Forests are essential for combating and adapting to climate change and account for 80–90% of world plant biomass. Humans have cleared away about half of Earth’s original forest cover, and this rate of deforestation continues at roughly 15% of yearly human carbon emissions every year. In a time when we’ve come to realize how important it is to decrease carbon in our atmosphere because of its contribution to global warming, trees must be a natural way to partially solve this issue.

For the myriad ecosystem functions that sustain all life on Earth, preserving and revitalizing biodiversity is essential. The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration has gained greater support than ever as scientific evidence of ecosystems’ capacity to contribute to the fight against rising greenhouse gas concentrations accumulates. Preventing the continued degradation of natural ecosystems is the main goal for minimizing future emissions and the loss of critical biodiversity.

The UN efforts include a number of projects, including one in Borneo. By planting fast-growing tree species and income crops in agroforestry systems, Borneo is enlisting new farmers every year to help restore degraded forests. Our methods are comprehensive in nature.

In the Appalachian area, the goal is to increase carbon sequestration and restore healthy forests on territory affected by coal surface mining. After surface mining operations in Appalachia ceased, the area was transformed from forested to non-native grasslands.

The United Kingdom has a unique project related to seagrass, which we know plays an unseen role in many ways, including removing microplastics from the oceans. To ensure that a large-scale planting phase in North Wales occurs where restoration…

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Dr. Patricia Farrell

Dr. Farrell is a psychologist, consultant, author, interested in flash fiction writing (http://bitly.ws/S94e), and health.