Lester Brown and The Importance of Planting Trees

Sat, August 02, 2014 1:44 PM | Danielle Corral

The other morning, one of our staff members caught a radio taping* of a lecture given by Lester Brown called “The Future of Civilization.” Brown is the president of the Earth Policy Institute and has been called “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” He’s a leading advocate for global environmental issues and has written several books such as Plan B 4.0:  Mobilizing to Save Civilization.  In his lecture, Brown stresses the importance of planting trees because of the numerous, vital benefits that trees provide. In his words (from the transcript proved by Alternative Radio):   

If I had had more time, I would have talked about planting trees. I think the idea of planting a trillion trees is a great one. It’s sort of a win-win-win. Among other things, it would help with soil conservation, certainly. It would reduce rainfall runoff and increase the amount of replenishment of underground water tables. And it obviously would fix huge amounts of carbon and help to reestablish the balance that we need to be stabilize climate. So I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the idea of planting trees, not by the millions, but by the trillions… What I think we need to do is to do some sort of cost-benefit analysis of planting trees so we can see all the benefits associated with trees. It’s not just lumber or firewood. It’s soil conservation, it’s climate stabilization. It’s a lot of things. But we don’t have much in the way of full cost accounting on planting trees, which is one of the things I think would greatly strengthen the argument for planting a lot more trees than we do.”* 

At the VPA, it’s this importance of tree planting that drives us to reach out and educate others not only about the Shade Tree Program but, especially, the many benefits of planting trees.  Thank you to everyone for participating in the Shade Tree Program and know that while your reason for planting a tree was, perhaps, particularly to lower your home’s energy costs, you have done so much more! 

* local station KWSS 93.9 FM aired a taping from: http://www.alternativeradio.org/collections/latest-programs/products/brol003 (We do not endorse any radio station; this is a link to where you can preview and purchase the full lecture.)




Local station 93.9 FM:  http://kwss.org/ 


Alternative Radio Program (who kindly sent us the transcript): http://www.alternativeradio.org/collections/latest-programs/products/brol003











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