President Trump, Climate Change and One Trillion Trees

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Today I'm pleased to announce the United States will join one trillion trees initiative to talk about whether the one trillion trees initiative is realistic. And what its impact could be Janet wrong nothin of the World Resources Institute joins joins US now. Welcome thank you just to start with. The most basic science remind people why planting trees is helpful for slowing climate. Change at all so Trees when they grow they actually absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store in the tree. Parts above and underground so planting a trillion trees is Is a catchy alliterative phrase. Where did the initiative come from and so it actually follows on the suite of several other trillion Tree initiatives. But the idea that you know we can address the climate problem food. large-scale reforestation this particular initiative. At Davos was put forward award by Mark Benny off. Who is this billionaire? Founder of salesforce. Tell us about the argument. He's making here. I think you know if you think about lodge ambitious issues. Initiatives are launched. We've had fires in Australia and Indonesia and Brazil trees have been under siege. People are worried about climate change. This is a good time to you. Know Galvanize attention around something that's been around for a while. There's a question of whether one could plausibly plant a trillion million trees in a decade but setting that aside for a moment if we imagined that tomorrow a trillion new trees were on the earth. What kind of impact with that actually make it depends and this is the critical question? It's how do we do this. And how do we actually connect these trees and the plan planting schemes to local interests. If if there is not local support for these we may plant the trees and when we go back there go So what would a successful program look like One such as the initiatives are ah kind of out in there now where you've got countries the something called the a. f. R. One hundred percent African countries to commit to restore hundred million hectares of land. Land there already interested in doing this for a variety of reasons like water and food security so there's a demand for that. How do you actually link this supply of trees to where there's a strong on existing demand do you think the infrastructure exists to make a trillion trees a plausible reality? Well a question about how how much land that would take. But there's certainly enough existing initiatives already out there that are trying to do this through the Lens of restoration. That could be supported. Deported by this sort of high scale effort on many climate initiatives you have president trump opposing the policy and the teenage climate activist discredit tune Berg. Pushing for this is actually the opposite tune. Berg said at Davos that this is nowhere near enough of what is needed. Is She right. Yes so let let me just say it's a good thing that president trump support season. Who wouldn't be for planting trees if this is the note if this is the only action on climate change is nowhere near near enough? Do you think that this is just a talking point or do you sense that there actually is enough of a plan to execute something this ambitious versus yes. I think the initiatives being quite four fry in noting that actually they do want to interlock with the myriad of our existing initiatives are out there and they want to do

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