The forest: a simple and effective tool on a large scale
The publication of ETH Zurich's scientific articles in July 2019 gradually appealed to the general public.
Its author JF Bastin explains that:
planting 1,000 billion trees would store the equivalent of an additional 205GtC in the coming decades
or two thirds of the 300 gigatonnes emitted by humans since the industrial revolution.
This calculation is far from obvious, because the storage capacity of forests is subject to many hazards and this study is controversial by some scientists.
Nevertheless, it had the merit of calling us to ACT!
"If we plant these trees today, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere could be reduced by 25%," says Jean-Francois Bastin.
What a challenge!
It is this intention that drives us.
"We never said it was the one-size-fits-all solution to the climate issue, but we say it is one of the essential transitions we need, and do it on the $ 1000 billion scale trees will clearly be extraordinarily difficult to achieve, ” said Justin Adams , director of the Tropical Forest Alliance at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"Carbon offsetting is not greenwashing: it is fundamental to achieving carbon neutrality" Gerald Maradan, co-founder of EcoAct.
" Voluntary carbon offsetting is a financing mechanism by which a company, after reducing its greenhouse gases (GHG), offsets a quantity of non-reducible GHGs by sequestering an equivalent quantity elsewhere. (Definition of the CNPF).
There are several labels for international projects of private initiatives, such as Verra or the Gold Standard from WWF, that of the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Foundation.
For French projects, the Ministry of Energy and Solidarity Transition created the Low Carbon Label in 2019.