SA: In early July, headlines like the one below abounded and were shared widely on social media. This headline was especially infuriating:
As people scan and share these types of headlines they give people the comforting impression that there is a way out of the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into. They may believe that there really wont be any substantial changes needed to our current way of life. That is very wrong.
Planting trees on the scale recommended by this study will be vital. But the most important thing that can be done is to end fossil fuel use as rapidly as possible. Then the work of the trees in sequestering carbon can be useful over the longer term. But if we do not end fossil fuel use soon, no amount of tree planting will help us.