Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today – and carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the problem. Carbon dioxide (CO²) is produced principally from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and increased deforestation. Trees capture and store atmospheric carbon and also bring many other more immediate benefits:
- Habitat for wildlife
- Prevention of soil erosion
- Purification of water
- Reduction of flooding
Sean Bean explains the importance of planting trees:
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The Woodland Trust aims
- To enable the creation of more native woods and places that are rich in trees.
- To see a doubling of native woodland in the UK by 2050.
- To protect native and ancient woods, trees and their wildlife for the future.
- To inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.