I like the sound of this, takes the long view while attempting to address the issues of climate change and unemployment.
Seems like a no brainer to do something comparable here, the stumbling block of course would be the monetary end of it, what company gets to make a profit and how much rather than a true public works project.
This could very well be a government funded program seeing how it doesn’t have a problem throwing money at numerous questionable projects in lieu of one like this that has an obvious and immediate benefit.
An estimated three to six billion trees are lost annually in the Amazon rainforest representing an average of between eight hundred thousand to a million and a half per day according to 2005 estimates.
Rainforests compose something like six percent of this planets surface, yet they are home to approximately fifty percent of the world’s total animal and plant species while producing 20 to 30 percent of the oxygen we breathe.
Estimates are that if the current trend in deforestation continue rainforests will cease to exist in forty years.
If every person alive today would plant a tree for themselves and one for each of their children it could make a difference, it wouldn’t be a solution but an incremental step in the right direction and something for people to think about the next time they decide to cut down a tree.
If you have to have a real tree for xmas consider purchasing a live one you can replant.