How we calculate Co2
With an average tree growth life of 25 years, one healthy tree will absorb a minimum of 12.3kg of Co2 per year or 308kg (0.3 tonnes) of Co2 from the atmosphere over its growth life.
With the Average Western Individual Co2 footprint at 15 Tonnes per year, it would take planting just 50 trees per year to offset this.
The carbon footprint of an individual can vary based on various factors, including lifestyle, location, and consumption patterns. The statement mentions the "Average Western Individual CO2 footprint at 15 tonnes per year." While this figure might be a rough estimate, individual carbon footprints can vary widely.
Additionally, the effectiveness of tree planting in offsetting carbon emissions depends on various factors, such as the type of trees planted, local climate conditions, and the maintenance of the planted trees.
For these reasons, at One World we prefer to focus on the range of other benefits that come from landscape restoration rather than just Carbon Sequestration.
Other Benefits of Landscape Restoration
- Biodiversity Conservation: Restoration helps create habitats for various plant and animal species, promoting biodiversity.
- Water Quality Improvement: Vegetation helps filter and purify water, improving overall water quality.
- Soil Erosion Prevention: Trees and plants contribute to stabilizing soil, preventing erosion and loss of topsoil.
- Flood Control: Well-planned landscapes can mitigate the impact of floods by absorbing and slowing down water runoff.
- Wildlife Habitat: Restored landscapes provide homes and food sources for wildlife, contributing to ecosystem health.
- Recreation and Aesthetics: Green spaces enhance the aesthetic value of an area and provide spaces for recreation and relaxation.
- Enhanced Air Quality: Trees and plants help filter pollutants from the air, improving overall air quality.
- Microclimate Regulation: Vegetation can moderate temperatures, creating more comfortable microclimates in urban areas.
- Medicinal Plants: Many restored landscapes include medicinal plants, contributing to natural healthcare resources.
- Community Engagement: Restoration projects often involve communities, fostering a sense of ownership and environmental stewardship.
- Cultural Heritage Preservation: Restoration can help preserve cultural landscapes and historical sites.
- Job Creation: Implementation and maintenance of restoration projects can generate employment opportunities.
- Educational Opportunities: Restoration projects provide learning opportunities about ecosystems, conservation, and sustainability.
- Reduced Urban Heat Island Effect: Green spaces mitigate the heat island effect in urban areas, reducing temperatures.
- Carbon Storage in Soil: Healthy soils in restored landscapes can store carbon, contributing to climate change mitigation.
- Improved Mental Health: Access to green spaces has been linked to improved mental well-being and reduced stress.
- Enhanced Crop Pollination: Restored landscapes can support pollinators, benefiting nearby agricultural areas.
- Increased Property Values: Proximity to well-maintained green spaces can positively impact property values.
- Stormwater Management: Vegetation helps absorb and manage stormwater, reducing the risk of flooding.
- Economic Benefits: Restoration projects can stimulate local economies through tourism, recreation, and ecosystem services.
These benefits showcase the holistic impact that landscape restoration projects can have on the environment, society, and the economy.