Often in the past, I have thought, “wouldn’t it be great if someone would invent a machine that would just suck the CO2 out of the air and sequester it in solid form and replace it with more oxygen” — a device that would effectively empower us to reverse the climate damage we are causing.
Then I realized the earth goddess “Mother Nature” bequeathed to us just such a device: trees.
But instead of planting them, growing them, spreading them and installing them everywhere we are pumping massive tonnage of CO2 into the atmosphere, and we are cutting down the ones we already have — often clear-cutting thousands of acres of prime forest — or burning them to re-release the solid forms of carbon they had sequestered.
“They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.”
April 12, 2017