Both are valid (and let's do that!), but let's also consider another angle: corrective action.
By adding more plants and trees, we can:
Replace what we've removed and compensate for the carbon dioxide we create just by breathing.
Per 8 Billion Trees, in 50 years, 1 tree:
- Creates $30,000 in oxygen
- Produces $35,000 of recycled water
- Removed $60,000 of pollution from the air
1) Get a houseplant, or 10! Did you know that NASA did a study recommending 1 plant per 100 sq ft to purify the air?
2) Switch your home or office paper to FSC Certified paper. This means that is is recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council as being sustainably harvested. They do other cool things like protect indigenous lands and old growth forests. Just look for the green FSC tree logo.
3) Shop from companies that have a mission to plant trees. 8 Billion Trees is just one example of many companies that sells gift items like charm bracelets, reusable tote bags, and metal water bottles, while planting trees with the funds. Another example is Trinity Oaks who plants a tree for every bottle of wine purchased.
4) Get inspired by mass scale projects around the world. Like the Ethiopians who planted 350 Million trees in 12 hours, as part of an ultimate goal of 4 BILLION trees. Or the Indians who planted 220 Million trees in a day.
5) Then, plant trees yourself. On November 2nd, you can join others in the Seattle area to plant in 17 parks as part of Green Seattle Day. Or find many other dates and locations for events at One Tree Planted.
6) Get your company's support! Ask them to donate 2000 trees as part of a 1 Million tree effort to support reforestation after California's hard wildfire year.
Let's get to rebuilding! Or at least buying a houseplant. :)