How trees capture and store carbon
Photosynthesis is made simple as you take a journey into the leaf of a tree and discover how trees capture and store carbon.See how it works
Climate change is a scary thing. It has been predicted that in 10 years’ time, the damage that human activities have inflicted on the planet’s climate will be irreversible. If nothing is done, our world will be unrecognisable.
Knowing all this, and seeing the real-time effects of a changing climate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. But there are plenty of ways to do your bit for the planet. Here are our top suggestions for reducing your impact on the planet, and ways to fight back.
Trees are the key in the fight against climate change. They take in and store carbon that would otherwise remain in the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. The more trees the better and we need to plant millions to start making an impact.
Why not start in your back garden? You could contact your local council about planting in public spaces or get involved in tree planting on one of our sites. Each tree you plant makes a difference.
What we eat has more of an impact than you might think. A simple choice between a product that’s in season and has been grown nearby, and one that is out of season and grown abroad, can make a huge difference. By buying local and in season you are not relying on the transport of the product.
Some products have more of an impact than others: according to Greenpeace “The livestock sector – raising cows, pigs and chickens – generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks and automobiles combined”. Reducing or removing meat from your diet, and buying locally sourced meat if you have any, can be a positive step towards reducing your carbon footprint.
You can extend your greener shopping to your garden too. Peatland is actually a more effective carbon storing habitat than mature woodland, so by avoiding peat-based compost which is taken from peatland (and maybe making your own with food scraps) you’ll be helping to protect carbon-fighting landscapes.
This one you’ll know by now, but it really is a simple step! Reusable water bottles and coffee cups are easy to find nowadays, and can even get you a discount at some cafes.
Why not try:
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Our existing woods and trees do an excellent job of locking-up the carbon we produce. It’s vital that we protect what we already have, as well as add to it.
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This isn’t always easy if you live in a remote place, but if you live in a town or city be sure to make the most of public transport. Many bus companies are even investing in electric vehicles which reduce local air pollution levels.
Air travel produces much more carbon than terrestrial vehicles, so reducing the number of flights you take is a great step. Staycations, ferries and international trains are all great alternatives.
It can be as simple as keeping the lights off when you’re not in a room and turning appliances off at the wall when you’re not using them. Reducing the energy you use is getting easier with more energy-efficient housing and appliances, as well as smart-meters and programmable thermostats. The added benefit to saving the planet is saving plenty on your bills!
Some energy companies even offer 100% green energy. Why not switch over?
However much we try, we can’t avoid producing carbon. But we can all take action to mitigate our impact on the environment. The woodlands we look after, plant and protect all lock up tonnes of carbon every year. And you can help us do more.
When it comes to climate change, our message is clear: native woods and trees are one of the best ways to tackle the climate crisis.
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Trees are the best natural climate change solution. Find out how they lock up carbon and how many the UK needs to reach carbon net zero by 2050.