Have you heard of the news that Ethiopia was able to plant 353 million tree seedlings in just half a day? This is in response to the growing concern about the worsening global warming, well, as what most people think. The tree planting is more than just that. It is also in response to help their farmers get out of the poverty they had been experiencing and to alleviate the worsening flood, drought, soil erosion, land degradation, and other effects of climate change. In fact, this event had broken a world record and created noises and headlines on the news nationally and internationally.  

There are several companies like the tree care and tree removal Temple TX, and organizations like Trees Forever and others that advocate the importance of planting trees and taking care of them to build a sustainable world for the future generations.  

In response to the event that happened, scientists in Switzerland have become determined that to effectively help the ecosystem and the environment in general, we would need to plant one trillion trees around the globe. Why these many? In a recent study done in trees found in the forests, it was found out that even if trees are growing faster due to longer growing season, recent trees are becoming weaker and fewer in each passing year. Trees are no longer capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions like what they once did before. Although they are growing faster, their life expectancy has decreased. In addition, fewer trees are left to sustain the need for oxygen and carbon absorption. This is not enough to sustain the ecosystem. And the only solution? Plant one trillion trees worldwide.  

The country of Ethiopia has done its part. However, it is not enough so long as bigger countries like Russia, China, Australia, India, as well as our own, the United States will not participate in the cause. Since we have a massive area for reforestation, we need to extend a helping hand and collaborate in the cause by also planting trees in our lands. And when we say planting trees, it means to equal the effort, if not surpassed, done by Ethiopia — planting millions of trees and of course, making sure they grow to be adult trees.  

Of course, there are problems that make this endeavor difficult. Climate change, space, and pests. To resolve these, scientists and experts have offered solutions, and this is to enhance the existing areas, encouraging residents to plant trees and use a variety of plant species that can thrive in a certain climate as well as thrive against pests and diseases.  

With all of these, together with reduced use of fuel, oil, gas, and other man-made pollutants as well as conserving energy and resources, we can make a huge difference that might combat the worsening extinction of certain animals due to loss of habitat and the climate change. If we want to make a difference, let us start small, and one of the ways to take a small step is to plant trees and maintain them in our properties.