NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants with a purpose -

WE’VE KNOWN for a long time that trees ab­sorb car­bon from the at­mos­phere and turn it into wood. But un­til the past few years this live cy­cle was only im­por­tant to the tree it­self.

Now, with in­creas­ing and dan­ger­ous at­mo­spheric car­bon diox­ide lev­els, the car­bon-fix­ing abil­ity of trees is a crit­i­cal tool to com­bat global cli­mate change.

New Zealand has signed on to the Paris Agree­ment to re­duce our net na­tional emis­sions. One tool we can use is to re­duce the amount of car­bon which is emit­ted from our in­dus­try, trans­port and agri­cul­ture. An­other is to re­cap­ture car­bon from the at­mos­phere once it has been re­leased.

This is where the ex­perts, such as the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for the En­vi­ron­ment and the Lon­don-based Vivid Eco­nom­ics group, say there is no other op­tion for New Zealand but to plant more trees and plant them on a large scale.

Some land users com­plain that plant­ing trees takes up valu­able land which is cur­rently be­ing used for farm­ing, but the facts don’t sup­port this. The av­er­age NZ dry­s­tock farm would need less than 3ha of added for­est a year to lock up all the at­mo­spheric car­bon the stock have pro­duced. FIND OUT MORE FROM THE NZ FORESTRY OWN­ERS’ AS­SO­CI­A­TION, WWW.NZFOA.ORG.NZ

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