Tree Planting and Carbon Guilt
I have long been an advocate of tree planting – particularly native species to abet ecological restoration. Indeed, I have planted over 1,000 myself over past years. Many are promoting the benefits of tree planting to address climate change [search] – suggesting that individual's and business' carbon emissions can be “offset” [search] by planting trees in lieu of absolute emission reductions. There exist many schemes which purport to sell tree planting as a means to become “carbon neutral” [search]. There is growing awareness that this approach is problematic because it promotes the perception that one can consume and emit as they have without concern. It is likely that if emissions are not dramatically cut, temperatures will increase to such an extent that many existing forests and planted trees will die, releasing their carbon and making the problem worse. By all means, plant trees, but do not think this obviates the need to reduce your emissions as well.