The Intellectual Activist
An Objectivist Review
The Role of the Forest in the Global Climate Conversation
Categories: Grievances

With global climate change effecting so much, it’s wonderful to see so many people actively trying to make a difference, but people at large are putting their focus in the wrong place instead of pushing for the real problem solver: stricter laws on replanting against deforestation and degradation. Forests can stop climate change and absorb emissions like a ShamWow, which makes tending to them directly the perfect and simplest solution. By ending deforestation, forest degradation, and by extension the release of CO2, we can make a serious difference in countering man-made emissions.

The Negative Consequences Affect Everybody

By mandating forest restoration, we can help provide our natural world with the opportunity to remove excess carbon dioxide, by allowing them to convert it into much necessary oxygen. Just simply downplaying our emissions isn’t a full solution and focusing on bio-energy and carbon capture and storage is not the answer.
There’s too much carbon in our earth and in order to bring it back to its peak we need to remove the carbon and convert it into something usable, i.e. breathable air. In simple terms, more forests make for more trees and plants which makes for more oxygen and less carbon dioxide thanks to photosynthesis which will help us all in the long run in having a better and immensely safer planet where we can breathe, live, and thrive in an earth no longer suffering so severely from the negative consequences of climate change.

The Protection of Forests Is Needed to Achieve the 1.5 Target

Carbon dioxide is not only stored in the trees and plants (biomass), but also in the forest mineral soils. The world-wide extensive land-use and deforestation for new land for building or extensive agriculture led to an increased release of carbon dioxide during the last 50 – 60 years.
Especially in old-growth forests or so called primary forests, large proportions of carbon are accumulated and protected from degradation and release into the atmosphere. According to recent studies, it’s thus important to protect these areas and to minimize harvesting as far as possible or even to stop completely. In addition, conservation agriculture (CA) and permaculture is important for the soil fertility, reduce the input of fertilizers and helps also to lower carbon dioxide emissions from soils.

To reach the 1.5°C goal of the Paris agreement, it’s therefore necessary that each country passes strict rules for the protection of forests, reduce the land-use and support the planting of new forest. Natural conservation areas and territories of indigenous peoples should also be supported, respected and protected, because these peoples live with and in the forest and help to secure it from deforestation.

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