Readers respond to a proposal that planting billions of trillion trees worldwide is the best way to save the planet
Your article (Planting billions of trees ‘best way to save planet’, 5 July) cites Tom Crowther, who led the research, as saying: “Personally, Brazil would be my dream hotspot to get it right – that would be spectacular.” And a dream it will remain until his exciting plan is rooted more firmly in global socioeconomic reality.
At the moment, far from replanting cleared land, Brazil is surging ahead with forest devastation on a frightening scale. Just-published official figures show an extraordinary 769 sq km, an area larger than the whole of Middlesex, was felled in June. The destruction of the Amazon forest, which Brazil successfully curbed after 2012, is roaring ahead again. Over 50% more trees were felled in June 2019 than in June 2018.