The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in UK are urging people to hasten and augment trees in order to battle carbon in atmosphere, incase other measures don’t fruit favourably. The CCC has asked more than 30,000 hectares of woodland, be planted annually, surpasses the number planted last year, with another 50, 000 hectares further.
The government said it planned to “rapidly grow forest cover”. It has signed up to the CCC’s goal of the UK of cutting all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – so-called net zero. The committee – made up of experts in science, economics, and business – said this required woodland to increase from 13% of land in the UK to 17%.
Charity the Woodland Trust has taken upon itself to spread the awareness among people to postpone a tragic carbon dense environment and unhealthy air for the future generations. The CCC said 30,000 hectares (116 sq miles) of new trees are needed per year until 2050. This is equivalent to filling more than 46,000 standard football pitches or a space about three-quarters the size of the Isle of Wight every year.
Landowners in England can apply for up to £6,800 of funding per hectare of land for planting projects and another scheme providing £10m for 130,000 “urban trees” in towns and cities has been announced. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the minimum planting site size had been reduced from 30 hectares (300,000 sq metres) to 10 to encourage people with smaller plots of land. The scheme is open to applications all year round.
Scotland aspires to plant 15,000 hectares of trees per year by 2025 and Wales is planning a target of 2,000 hectares each year from 2020. Officials in Northern Ireland say they want to increase the country’s forest areas from 8% of land to 12% by the middle of the century.