Comment: Tree-planting’s All Well And Good – But It’s High Time We Addressed UK’s Deforestation Guilt

Source: Desmog UK


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By Jo Blackman, Head of Forests Policy and Advocacy at Global Witness

In his plans to introduce a Green Industrial Revolution, Boris Johnson has raised the idea of mass tree-planting programmes as a way of mitigating some of the impacts of climate change. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister repeated his commitment to plant 30,000 hectares of trees every year in his much-vaunted 10-point climate plan.

This is all well and good, but its impact on addressing global warming will be negligible unless the much bigger issue of the UK’s imported deforestation of products from climate-critical rainforests like the Amazon is addressed.