Can trees solve the climate crisis?

President Trump announced that the U.S. is joining the global initiative to plant one trillion trees. But tree planting isn't the single solution on climate change — here's why.

Conservation efforts by conservatives

The U.S. has now joined a global initiative to plant 1 trillion carbon-absorbing trees to fight climate change, President Trump announced. But according to experts, trees alone can’t solve the climate crisis. A single tree can absorb 1 ton of carbon by the time it’s 40 years old. Human activity releases 40 billion tons of carbon every single year — and that number is rising. Animation of U.S. graphic with trees popping up.

Why it matters?

The value of forests in sequestering carbon is an important part of any calculation on how we solve the climate crisis. Worldwide forests capture and hold almost half of the carbon stored on land. One recent study suggested that one important part of a multi-faceted climate solution involves planting a trillion trees around the world. These new trees should be able to soak up some of the extra carbon dioxide warming the planet. That extra carbon dioxide comes from such common acts as burning fossil fuels in cars and factories. Once mature, the new trees could store about one-third as much carbon as humans’ lifestyles have created since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Can't see the forest for the trees

One study suggests that if you covered the entire U.S. in new trees, it would only absorb 10% of the carbon we produce every year. Another says that the number of trees necessary to stop global warming would halt food production and disrupt biospheres. Despite Donald Trump’s disingenuous statement at Davos committing the United States to participate in the trillion trees initiative, his administration is moving exactly in the wrong direction. Trees, plastics and favorable tax policy are at the core of House Republicans’ new push on climate change — an effort to reassure voters they care about the problem after a decade of dismissing it.


01/23/2020 9:58 PM


  • Ilona U.
    06/22/2020 17:57

    Where are they. Plant them now.

  • Jakub W.
    01/27/2020 12:14

    It's better than nothing

  • Jerry G.
    01/26/2020 20:32

    geez, anything he does you folks have a problem with. get over it!

  • Jeanette L.
    01/26/2020 12:10

    We can all help for e.g.; by travelling less or using public transport, eating less meat and boycotting products with a high carbon footprint. Politicians are harping on about not being able to buy and sell within the EU. How about buying less from abroad altogether and buying local produce where possible? Think about all those artics using all that fuel...Think about the planes using millions of gallons all the time...

  • Yudi H.
    01/26/2020 01:50

    My NGO Respect it, tree is truth.. In my countries ,my NGO need suport from the green progress for our program

  • Russell J.
    01/25/2020 21:27

    Good job Pres, it's a start!!!

  • Jonz C.
    01/25/2020 16:29

    What about one trylion bullets?

  • Alessandro N.
    01/25/2020 16:15


  • Jim H.
    01/25/2020 15:34

    Drill more oil, burn more coal, but plant trees? There's a Paradox here...😣

  • Ha K.
    01/25/2020 13:09

    To plant trees you need gas for the machines which plants trees? What’s the hell is wrong with this guy.

  • James R.
    01/25/2020 12:32

    He's doing the right.The other opinions here are from globalists and the left!

  • Roy v.
    01/25/2020 09:19

    Jesus he is such a [email protected]@t

  • Krystopher D.
    01/25/2020 08:21

    Suddenly dems hate trees. Ha.

  • Sapp L.
    01/25/2020 07:13

    Go vegan or vegetarian... we all know why... or at least... eat less meat... on & off... like someone said "we not looking for people who do it perfectly but millions of people to try imperfectly"...❤❤❤

  • Bonnie R.
    01/25/2020 05:36

    How many of his golf resorts & Trump towers is he going to remove to plant trees? 🌳 + 1 trillion

  • Sephe S.
    01/25/2020 05:09

    Trump doesn't believe in climate change though. This is fake

  • Ramil L.
    01/25/2020 05:05

    mission to mars is more important than climate change 》》》 America...

  • Max R.
    01/25/2020 04:13


  • Mike T.
    01/25/2020 03:17

    And we now have a president who is actually going to do something for the environment instead of simply giving money away.

  • Lynne L.
    01/25/2020 02:37

    It’s a big step in the right direction! Multiple countries cooperating

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