Carbon Catchers and Halophytes

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

Guest blogger Clem Samuels - Clem is a retired salesperson and lives in Minneapolis.


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I realized two things early in my adult life: 1) often times things are not as bad as they seem, nor are they often as good as they seem.  2) most problems really have simple solutions.


The current changes in our climate and the changes that are expected are bad. There is no getting around that. But is the problem as bad as we think it is? I don't think so. Are the solutions to a runaway climate as complex as they seem? Nah.


I've got two words to throw out - trees and salicornia.


Trees: We all know trees take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. The Nature Conservatory has done calculations based on current climate change information and determined that a billion trees planted by 2030 will reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 37%. 


The information is so convincing that Ireland has committed to planting 440 million trees by 2030. That's right - little Ireland. The U.S., Canada, and Russia have enough room for a trillion trees with land left over for the cities, towns, and farms that thrive now.


All those trees would have an immediate impact. Younger trees, in their first 10 years take in more carbon dioxide (proportionately) that older trees. They need the carbon dioxide for growth.


So, plant trees and reduce the effects of climate change.