Readers' Blog: Plant trees en masse to reduce our carbon footprint

On a recent radio programme, an eminent environmental scientist claimed that the single most effective “tool” we have to combat the threat of climate change is: the tree. Trees are highly successful in removing carbon from the atmosphere — natural carbon extraction!

I didn’t hear anything about increasing our tree population in the Dáil committee report on climate change issued last week, only increased carbon tax.

Surely, we ought to embark on a massive tree planting campaign as a positive and practical means of countering carbon emission.

As regards to beef farming our beef is all grass-fed and thus natural as opposed to other countries which feed cattle on cereal. Meantime let us think of converting wasteland to woodland and forestry to help reduce our “carbon footprint”!

John Coughlan

Cork

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