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is the full edition of this book, with all the readings, available in ebook format? if so, where can it be purchased? Thanks!


Jones has a good idea about planting trees


What Jones said about planting trees is indeed true. Simply saying that planting trees will end climate change isn’t the right answer. It’s not as simple as planting a trillion saplings and calling it a day. What a lot of tree planting campaigns are doing is planting the trees then simply forgetting about them and moving on to plant new ones. Like every young living thing in existence, it needs nurturing during its early years. When planting trees we must also make sure that they will actually survive. If the trees planted don’t survive, not only did we fail our sole mission, but we also poured money down the drain on something that didn’t work. Jones mentions in the article that instead of only tree planting we should think of tree growing. I completely agree with this because it’s like digging a well but not putting any water in it. If we plant trees only to let them die off and make absolutely no impact on climate change, why not just sit down and let nature do its thing? It would save time, money, and resources. There is no need to sit and campaign about planting trees if our thought process and actions are only limited to just planting the trees. If we are thinking about the future then let’s think about the whole future and not just the end goal. Planting trees is just the beginning of the vision, actually nurturing them and caring for them is what’s going to make the vision become a reality.


I believe what Benji Jones says about the mass planting of trees not only failing, but also harmful to the existing ecosystems. Though the campaign for planting trees is generally wholesome in the contribution of fighting climate change, it requires resources, specific space, and effort in nurturing trees to be successful. This project also requires time that can not be rushed since the growth of trees must be natural, meaning it will take many years before the sapling is stable and at its prime. The planting of the trillions of saplings is not the full answer to stopping the climate change but it could be a start and make a difference if the young trees actually survive. If most of them die it fails that whole idea and goal and also wastes the resources put into the project of planting. It would be no different to throwing a seed in the air and saying it will one day be successful to fight climate change. It is unrealistic to expect results without putting in the effort and knowledge of how to care for a tree, which depends on the species, since the area, season, and timing play a big role in the growth of trees. Also Jones writes about the potential harms that the campaign for planting trees will cause because of the space needed for the tree restoration sites. When planting trees it is important to also consider the benefits over the costs since grasslands and forests are in danger of becoming emptied for the planting of trillions of samplings. Why clear a forest of mature trees just to plant young ones that may not even survive? With the campaign of planting trillions of trees is simplified and does not highlight the truth of actually making sure the tree grows. To ensure a better future we must be sure to know the effort it takes to get to the goal because the process is truly time consuming.

Bob Ross

One of the benefits of these tree-planting campaigns is the increased involvement and attention they grant to environmental causes. Often, especially for non-profit organizations, it is vital for attention to be on the issues the organization is hoping to address. Organizations usually get a boost of donations after major disasters, but often suffer from a lack of long-term structure due to unstable funding. This is one of the largest reasons many charities are pushing for monthly donations rather than one-time donations. For example, Team Trees may have a short-term push for donations, but while doing so they are both gathering information on potential future donors and granting media coverage to important environmental issues.

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