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Monday, August 21, 2017

How to Mitigate Climate Change by Planting Moringa Trees

How to Mitigate Climate Change by Planting Moringa Trees

Wikipedia defines Climate Change as a term used to refer specifically to anthropogenic climate change (also known as global warming). Anthropogenic climate change is caused by human activity, as opposed to changes in climate that may have resulted as part of Earth's natural processes. In this sense, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term climate change has become synonymous with anthropogenic global warming. Within scientific journals, global warming refers to surface temperature increases while climate change includes global warming and everything else that increasing greenhouse gas levels affect.

Planting Trees is a way to combat Climate Change

Whether you plant trees around your home and property, in your community, or in our national forests, they help fight climate change. Through the natural process of photosynthesis, trees absorb CO2 and other pollutant particulates, then store the carbon and emit pure oxygen. 

One of the practical ways to combat climate change is to plant more trees in order to take more carbon out of the atmosphere.

Younger trees absorb carbon dioxide quickly while they are growing, but as a tree ages equilibrium is eventually reached, and at this point the amount of carbon absorbed through photosynthesis is similar to that lost through respiration and decay. If trees are harvested carefully near this time in the growth cycle, and new trees are planted or allowed to regenerate, then this can keep the forest as a net “sink” of carbon. 

Particularly forests in the tropical belt around the equator benefit the planet more. They absorb CO2­, in a process called carbon sequestering, which helps lower temperatures.

It will amaze you to know that every year, an area of forest 4 times the size of Belgium is being clear-felled globally. Around the world, we only plant half of the trees that we cut. We have lost 80% of our global forests already.

Moringa in Climate Change Mitigation

Carbon Dioxide and other GHGs are heating up the globe continually. One way to compensate for the several unpreventable carbon dioxide emissions is to plant trees. This is because trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and they release oxygen in return.

The type of trees planted will have a great influence on the environmental outcome. According to a Japanese study the rate of absorption or assimilation of carbon dioxide by the moringa tree is twenty times (20x) higher than that of general vegetation and fifty times (50x) higher when compared to the Japanese cedar tree.

The moringa tree therefore will be a useful tool in the prevention of global warming in that one Moringa tree will be equivalent to the effectiveness of fifty (50) Japanese cedar tree in absorbing carbon dioxide. For example, If we expanded moringa from one hundred thousand (100,000) hectares worldwide to one million (1,000,000) hectares, that would equate to five (5) gigatons of CO2e being sequestered.

Therefore, I encourage you to plant moringa trees to mitigate climate change, one tree at a time. 

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