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Can we plant our way out of the Climate Crisis?

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

On land, plants (particularly trees) are our most precious carbon sink, actively taking CO2 out of the air and producing O2. They offer much needed shade in extreme weather, mitigate flooding by storing water in their roots, trunks and leaves, keep waterways clean by filtering the water that runs past them, and are an important food source and habitat for many insects, animals, fungi, and some other plants.

We are only just beginning to understand how complex and amazing trees are. We know they communicate with each other using gases (e.g. ethylene), and mycorrhizal fungi that connect their root systems underground. We know that 'mother trees' look after their young, and they are capable of recognising members of their own species.