Forests possess major abilities such as storing carbon dioxide, protecting nature and restoring soils; forming a crucial weapon to control climate change.
At the end of October, the COP26 UN Climate Conference (i.e. Conference of the Parties; the United Nations climate change conference 2021) in Glasgow will take place. For this, all countries work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees, to adapt to the impact of a changing climate.
There has been an increasing interest towards forest through the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration, the African Restoration Initiative AFR 1000 and the united Nations’ Billion Tree Campaign.
Author Fred Pearce states in his A Trillion trees: How We Can Reforest Our World that we need to do two things namely ensuring that ownership of the world’s forests lies with the people who live in them and giving nature room. “Rewilding the Earth does not mean replanting; it means the exact opposite”, according to Pearce.
Listen to Fred Pearce talking about his book at the Wigtown Book Festival that took place 22/09 – 04/10/2021. Go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Doc1870Zjk
Want to know more about COP? Go to: https://ukcop26.org/uk-presidency/what-is-a-cop/
Featured image taken by Luc De Keersmaeker.