The Twentrees: The Decade That Saves Our Planet

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11,000 scientist have declared that, without immediate changes to halt climate change, we will face “untold human suffering.”

What on Earth went wrong? How does the world’s future depend on us? What’s going to happen if we don’t do anything about it? And what can you do about it?

Keep on reading to learn about the Twentrees: the decade that will save our planet.

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What are “The Twentrees”?

When 11,000 scientists all agree on one matter, it’s hard to disagree. It’ll be like denying gravity or claiming Earth is flat. Yes, you can do it. But you must consider the potential option that you could be wrong.

Now, 11,000 scientists have analyzed the last 40 years of data and “clearly and unequivocally [declared] that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” Hence we must consider the potential option that they could be right.

The Indepedent calls “2020 [the] world’s last chance to tackle climate change“.

We have to act. We have to turn the 20s into “The Twentrees” – and make it the decade that saves our planet.

The Twentrees Can Save Our Planet – But We Need to Act Now

We’re lucky enough to share the planet with millions of other incredible, mesmerizing animal species. In our B’n’Tree Grow Show: Planting Update Q4 2019 we told you about how the trees you helped to plant will save tigers, elephants, pumas, and more.

Their world is in danger too.

We’ve known for years that a growing number of animals face extinction. That our beloved elephants may not live to see even 2030. Even the largest land animal of them all depends on trees.

But did you know that fish and crustaceans also depend on trees? So much so that without mangrove trees, some marine species will quickly become extinct.

If trees disappear, then animals will too: they rely on them for habitat and for food.

Many of us are yet to realize just how close we are to becoming endangered ourselves. 2020 is the year that represents the world’s final opportunity to tackle climate change and to protect nature.

So the world’s future is in our hands – but it’s not all doom and gloom. There is hope.

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While the prospect of having to save our planet may feel overwhelming, it may actually be an amazing opportunity to be part of something epic, on a global scale.

In the next 10 crucial years, we can make a difference. We can take steps to protect humans from extinction.

We can save our planet.

WWF Deutschland makes that clear in their video below. Don’t worry – the audio is in English, while the subtitles are in German.

What We Know About Climate Change

The climate change emergency is complicated because it’s driven by a number of different factors.

An ever-growing population, the burning of fossil fuels, carbon emissions, animal farming, short-lived pollutants, plastic waste… all of these things play a significant role in damaging our planet and contributing to climate change.

The power to actually make significant changes lies predominantly in the hands of national governments. They’ve been creating new laws and slowly bringing change to the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals, developed by the United Nations, are an innovative blueprint of goals to save the planet and improve life for every inhabitant on Earth. Planting trees helps with just about all of them.

But it’s not enough.

While we can all aim to eat less meat, we can’t single-handedly overturn farming policies. While we can use less plastic, we can’t make industrial manufacturers follow suit. That’s on international governments.

Sure, they have targets for 2050, and they promise to combat climate change before then.

But we can’t wait any longer. We need to take matters into our own hands. Now.

What we can do is put our voices behind the movements to fight climate change, and make physical efforts ourselves to reduce the impact on the planet.

So, along with petitioning for our politicians to make green changes, and showing our moral and financial support to businesses taking positive steps, it’s time to focus on what we can do as individuals and the role we ourselves can play in stopping climate change.

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The Role Of Trees In Climate Change

There are many problems that contribute to climate change, but there are also many solutions.

One thing that can actually reverse the damage that’s already been done to the planet is more significant than all of those solutions.

And that thing is a tree.

As a tree grows, it takes in carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis. It stores the carbon as wood and releases oxygen back into the air. We’ve already told you about all of this, along with 9 more awesome things that trees do all the time.

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Why does this matter?

Well, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, named so because it traps heat. That prevents heat from leaving the atmosphere, and this is why the planet is getting warmer.

Trees are essentially Earth’s filter. They play a fundamental role in keeping carbon emissions in balance. We need more trees and fast.

But frustratingly, we’re losing massive quantities of trees each day. Deforestation for the purposes of agriculture, town expansion, or for profit, are clearing as much as 150 acres per minute.

This is devastating for humankind – but it’s even worse for life on land and underwater. No trees mean no wonderful animals to share the planet with.

Doom and gloom? Definitely. Inevitable? Absolutely not.

What we do in the next 10 years could make or break our planet. As a new decade has begun, let’s herald in the dawn of ‘The Twentrees’ – the decade that will save our planet.

Related Article: Organizations that plant trees: 6 ways to identify the best ones.

What Will It Take To Save Our Planet?

How Many Trees Could We Plant In The Twentrees?

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A recent report by ETH Zurich quantified the number of trees we could possibly plant, and what effect this could have on the planet.

It found that, excluding the areas currently being used for agriculture and human life, there are 0.9 billion hectares of the planet suitable for afforestation (the planting of forests).

That’s approximately the size of the entire United States of America!

If the Twentrees made this become a reality, the mature trees would absorb 205 billion tons of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s a little over two-thirds of all emissions that humans have created since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.

Problem solved, right?!

Well, critically, it will take decades for all these newly planted trees to be established. That’s why it’s so important that these efforts start sooner rather than later.

And that’s where you come in. Planting trees with Click A Tree can help plant all these badly-needed trees. Even if you only plant one, let’s get started planting trees today.

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How Many Work Days Does That Create?

The countries found to have the greatest capacity for tree-planting during the Twentrees are Russia (151 million hectares); the US (103 million hectares); Canada (78.4 million hectares); Australia (58 million hectares); Brazil (49.7 million hectares); and China (40.2 million hectares).

If you live in any of these countries, you have a great opportunity to get involved in local projects that help to re-establish plant life.

It’s generally accepted that, depending on the tree species, you can plant anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 trees per hectare.

And, in one workday, one person can plant roughly 100 trees. Let’s assume there are 250 workdays in any given year. Over the Twentrees, one person will plant around 250,000 trees in roughly 2,500 workdays.

So, we’ll be conservative in our calculations. The Twentrees lasts for 10 years, and if we’re able to plant 1,000 trees per hectare across 0.9 billion hectares, this means that 900 billion trees would be planted in total.

That means that the Twentrees will create 3.6 million jobs. That’s an astonishing 9 billion workdays!

Planting trees for the Twentrees would be life-changing for 3.6 million people and their families. They would have a stable, reliable income. This would help them afford food, resources, and even education.

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How Can You Help Plant All Those Trees?

Planting trees is something that all of us, all over the world, need to get passionately involved in. We can’t just leave it to all the people actively involved with planting trees on their workday.

The Twentrees are our responsibility too.

While world leaders argue over which countries we should be reforesting, how many trees should be planted, and which tree species should be used for biodiversity, the rest of us can act.

Plant some trees in your own garden, join local projects to replant parks and nature reserves, and support organizations that run afforestation projects.

Did we mention organizations that run afforestation projects? That’ll be us then!

At Click A Tree, our mission is to make sustainability simple. And it doesn’t get any easier than a few simple clicks from the comfort of your seat.

Plant a tree for marine wildlife, for endangered elephants, or for young adults in Ghana to build a better future for themselves.

Use B’n’Tree to tell the world about the benefits of planting trees as well. Book your weekend travel, your annual vacation and your business trips via B’n’Tree. We plant one tree for every booking – at no cost to you.

Read the B’n’Tree Green Guide to learn more sustainability hacks that you can use in everyday life. That helps save the planet, and helps save you money.

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Share our stories on Instagram – #thetwentrees. Get involved with our Facebook conversation about The Twentrees. Use our Chrome extension to plant more trees.

Together, we can begin the work of replanting the planet.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is now.”

– Chinese proverb.

The Twentrees Are Here: It’s Time For Us To Act

Planting trees has the power to save our planet, but it isn’t just about the long game. Trees process carbon dioxide at the highest levels during periods of growth, so in theory, a 50-year-old tree can be making just as much of a dent on climate change as a 150-year-old tree.

A tree you plant today will get to work removing carbon from the atmosphere immediately, making the air cleaner in your garden, neighborhood, and ultimately the world in general.

The only future is a green future, and if enough of us act, the next decade can be the one that saves our planet.

We can be the generation that changes our world for the better.

We’ll be the ones sitting in nursing homes, telling our grandchildren: “The Twentrees: it was a tough decade, but we made it.”

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Your Time To Act

What will you do to make The Twentrees the decade that saves our planet?

Jot down your ideas in the comments below. You can be an inspiration for your fellow readers. Every little step counts!

And most important of all, plant a tree today.

If you know any companies that would benefit from planting trees for their customers, then make sure they get in touch with Click A Tree.

Spread the word. Save the planet.

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And don’t leave without signing up for our monthly newsletter – GROW. We’ll plant a tree, for free, just to say thanks for joining our community.

With your help, we will save the planet. The Twentrees will be a tough decade, but we will make it.

Want to know more about trees? Check out these 15 amazing and unbelievable facts!

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5 Comments

  1. Wendy de Klerk

    I am unable to make a payment towards the cause but am willing to do the actual planting. I am also involved in an NGO in South Africa, growing vegetables and fruit for orphaned children, and can also plant trees through this NGO. All I need is the trees to do this.

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    • Chris

      Dear Wendy, thank you very much for getting in touch. We’re always keen to explore further opportunities on how to reforest our planet together. Please do get in touch with us via info@clickatree.com to discuss details.

      Thank you!

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  2. SEALS!

    Hi ClickATree!

    I have more free tree ideas, but can’t find the comments section of that article, but I really want to share them with the community, so I figured this would be an ideal spot.

    Note: I live in Southern California, 5800 miles and 2.3 tons of co2 from Germany, so some of this will not be relevant where you are. I will add a note in that case.

    Name: Ecosia
    Status: WorldWide
    Website: https://www.ecosia.org/
    Ecosia is the largest funder of tree planting in the world, and they do it all for free, simply when you search the web! For every 45 searches, they plant a tree where it is needed most. They currently plant in 20 countries and have planted over 110 MILLION trees so far.

    Name: FlyGRN
    Status: WorldWide
    Website: https://flygrn.com/
    B’n’Tree helps you do good with your hotel booking, but your trip to the hotel caused emissions, too. FlyGRN can help offset that! They are a flight search engine that compares 6 different airlines to get you the best price, and they receive a commission for it, which they use to offset your emissions. Projects include tree-planting, solar panels, and efficient cookstoves. What’s the best part? It doesn’t cost you any extra, and they will usually give you a better price than competitors! Book your hotel with B’n’Tree and your flight with FlyGRN to plant even more trees!

    Name: ForestApp
    Status: WorldWide
    Website: https://forestapp.cc/
    Do you struggle with productivity? ForestApp is for you! When you want to stay focused, you plant a digital tree and watch it grow on your smartphone. If you leave the app, your tree dies, but if you stay in the app for 10-120 minutes (whatever you choose at the beginning), your tree will survive, and you receive coins which you can cash in for a real tree. Please note: The app costs $2 to purchase, and you don’t get many coins without investing more in the app.

    Name: TheTreeApp
    Status: WorldWide
    Website: https://www.thetreeapp.org/
    Plant a tree, for free, every day! Every day, you can plant one tree by choosing the location, and then answer three questions from eco-friendly partners, who pay for the tree. And the ads aren’t annoying — you discover a new eco-friendly company every day. They only share aggregate data with the companies, so your personal information is safe!

    Name: TreeCard
    Status: Will be released in 2021, first to the US, then to other countries
    Website: https://www.treecard.org/
    TreeCard is a debit card run by Ecosia which plants trees with every purchase! The card itself is made with FSC certified wood and the core is made from recycled plastic bottles, making TreeCard the first-ever wooden debit card. One tree can make 300,000 cards, while every $60 spent will plant a tree, for free!
    TreeCard makes money off something called interchange. Every merchant gives TreeCard a small portion of the overall purchase price, and they use this to plant trees! This is a standard fee, and any merchant that accepts MasterCard will also accept TreeCard! TreeCard has no hidden fees, gives you spending notifications, and the ability to freeze the card. The best part? It can be used with the ClickATree Planting Assistant! What’s there to lose? Sign up for a preorder!

    Name: Plant Your Change
    Status: The US Only, I think
    Website: https://www.plantyourchange.com/
    Ok, this is not really free, but close enough. PlantYourChange can be attached to your current credit or debit card, including TreeCard, and rounds each purchase up to the nearest dollar, and uses the income to plant trees! If you buy something for $2.89, they will round it to $3, and use the income to plant trees. If the cost is $9.13, they will round it up to $10, and use the extra income to plant trees. You have great freedom and can choose the number of swipes each month they round up. Over 2 million trees planted so far, and they are aiming for 100 million!

    Name: Boxed Water is Better
    Status: Lower 48 States
    Website: https://boxedwaterisbetter.com/
    When you don’t have your reusable water bottle, Boxed Water is here. And if you post a pic of your bottle on Social media with the hashtag #betterplanet, they will plant 2 trees for you, for free!

    Name: UsAgain
    Status: Select US States only
    Website: https://usagain.com/find-treemachine
    Do you have textiles cluttering up your rooms? Or do you always throw them away? UsAgain can help. UsAgain has drop boxes where you drop off your old clothes. If possible, they will be donated to those who need it, or if not, they will be recycled. So you get a clean house, people who need it get clothing, and emissions from new clothes and methane from landfills are avoided. Oh, and every time the machine is full, they plant a tree, for free!

    Name: MoveGreen
    Status: Select Counties in Southern California
    Website: https://www.movegreen.com/
    If you live in Southern California and are thinking of moving, hire MoveGreen! In addition to paperless quotes and hybrid trucks, MoveGreen will plant 10 trees for every move, at no extra cost to you!

    Name: CityPlants
    Status: LA City only
    Website: https://www.cityplants.org/
    Los Angeles is giving away up to 7 free trees to all who sign up at https://www.cityplants.org/!

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    • Margarita Price

      Wow! Thank you so much for sharing these, Seals! It’s great to see that so many different companies have made it their mission to make this world a better place. And thank you for sharing these and bringing awareness to others. We need more people like you 🙂

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      • Seals!

        Your welcome!

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