More Greenery For The Outback
Australia facing rampant deforestation, shrinking biodiversity, and run away carbon emissions aims to take on a more low tech approach to combat its challenges with climate change. The country down under wants to plant more trees. And lots of them! Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, recently announced plans to partner with the nations forestry industry to plant trees across the country.
Our Government is committed to supporting all Australia’s traditional industries, including forestry. Today I’m in Northern Tasmania with @richardmcolbeck to announce new support for forestry jobs with details of 9 new regional forestry hubs across Australia under our $20m plan. pic.twitter.com/mzooyM1fsx
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) February 16, 2019
The joint venture aims to be mutually beneficial as the partnership will bolster a critical sector for the Australian economy (these trees won’t plant themselves!) while also aiming to preserve the ecological integrity of the countries climate.
As most people learn in elementary school. Trees play a major role in maintaining the balance of our ecology. Trees essentially breath out oxygen and breathe in CO2. So the idea behind the Australian forestation plan is to tap into the natural abilities of forests to mitigate the effects of human produced greenhouse emissions on the environment.
Australia might be onto something with this approach. Such a novel solution could potentially make a huge impact in the preservation of the Australian ecology. Australia already has 17 percent of its land area covered by forests, according to the government’s 2018 State of the Forests report. This initiative will face an interesting juxtaposition to the desert landscapes which cover 70% of its land.
“Internationally, concern about the effects of increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, most importantly carbon dioxide (CO2), on the climate has focused attention on the carbon cycle and human-induced changes to it. Forests are a major component of the global carbon cycle because of the large amounts of carbon stored in forests, the sequestration of carbon by growing forests, the storage of carbon in wood and wood products in service and (at the end of service life) in landfill, and the potential reduction in emissions when wood is used instead of fossil fuels as an energy source or to replace more energy-intensive structural materials. “
-Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences
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