On that same day, news reports emerge that Ethiopia is going to plant 200 million trees in one day. Lo and behold, only a few days later, they nearly doubled that. Amazing!
Or maybe the 350 million trees planted in Ethiopia in a day is just bullshit propaganda to distract from what would appear to be a collapse in Ethiopian democracy.
Mass tree planting efforts can be relatively unsuccessful, see China's Great Green Wall Project  which has resulted in large monocultures where nothing else can grow and greatly lowered groundwater levels.
Also the history of the equivalent in Africa, which this planting is a part of .
Luckily forestry is a pretty seasoned science by now and people mostly know what they are doing. I trust that the Ethiopian forestry scientists did their job though before this and they end up far more successful then these early attempts, before the science was known.
The redwood canopy blocks out a lot of light, the thicker it is, the harder for any plants to grow down below. The redwood leaves acidify the soil over time as they fall, there is a limited range of plants that can handle it. And then the trees themselves are highly insect resistant, there are no insects living in bark for example.
So basically: bottom of the food chain for birds isn't there, especially not down on the floor in old growth with so much light blocked out.
350M seedlings/trees. 12 hours or 43200 seconds. This works out to roughly 8102 per second.
So start with 1M people planting these trees, that would be 350 trees per person. Or roughly 29 trees per hour. So a tree every 2 minutes for a million people doing this.
Non-stop. For 12 hours.
I know, many assumptions built into this. If they had 10M people, it would be 35 trees over 12 hours, which I think is far more manageable.
And the people aren't uniform. Some will plant (far) more/faster than others. I'd expect some sort of long tail distribution for the rapid planters, with peak(s) around mode(s).
Just thinking aloud, that politicians may be politicianing, and reality will be somewhat different. Definitely curious about the participation rate of the population. And what the abrupt introduction of 0.35T trees will do to groundwater levels, aquifers, etc.
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>> This month, as B.C.’s planting season reaches full throttle, about 3,500 people are slinging seedlings into soil up and down the province. Industry bosses expect them to plant 240 million trees in the province by the time the season ends this fall.
>> Eating Dirt author Charlotte Gill’s pay ranged between six cents and about a dollar for each seedling planted during her 17 years as a tree planter.
> 3,500 people are slinging seedlings into soil [...]
> punching about 80 baby trees a second
That works out to about 1.3 minutes of work per tree planted.
They do note that it's skilled labour - it takes a few seasons experience to hit those rates. But BC conditions may not be the friendliest, either.
Hitting similar totals in a day instead of six months, but with perhaps 2-3 orders of magnitude more people is an extremely impressive effort!
I could be mistaken but a lot if their concern is not so much about climate change but about preventing drought and famine which is causee by unsustainable farming and over-grazing. It's been a while since I read the wiki page but something like 70-85% of the population directly relies on farming in sub-sahara.
It's also telling that the article doesn't have any pictures. You would think that if you're breaking a Guinness record and doing a good thing for the planet, you would take some pictures and document it quite well.
It seems that Brazil is in the way to become the new Etiophia... and that for some reason chopping the forest lead to water saying bye-bye and welcoming hard, regular and extensive famines.
That’s something I witnessed myself from my village years.
The idea that humans have to intervene in nature is part of the problem that brought us to this place!
New York: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/75799.html
Henrico County, VA: https://henrico.us/services/tree-seedling-giveaway/
Arlington County, VA: https://environment.arlingtonva.us/register-for-your-free-tr...
State of Mississippi: https://www.mfc.ms.gov/mississippi-arbor-day-tree-giveaways-...
DeSoto County, CA: http://www.desotoswcd.com/annual-public-tree-giveaway.html
and so on...
EDIT - The sibling comment has links to listed prices.
Here is how Ethiopia came to that number.
From the article:
> Various international organizations and businesses have joined the tree planting spree along with members of the public. It is not yet clear if Guinness World Records is monitoring Ethiopia's mass planting scheme.
However, the prime minister's office said specially developed software is helping with the count.
Google the images or go look at some sites of such carnage.
Clear-cutting old-growth forests—yes, that's terrible and should never happen. But clear-cutting forests that were planted specifically to be harvested? That's fine, good even.
In the time it takes a forest to grow it will be home to many species which we utterly fuck up when harvesting the forest, once again putting one more nail in the coffin of our own food supply.
The forest tending of Scandinavia is a good example. The "plantations" are not entirely monoculture and can never be in fact. Healthy forests are anything but only trees, there are so many other species required for a healthy forest.
Please read this for more information about the devastation we cause for some lumber:
So probably a bit of BS involved, still cool.
Something to note is that the point isn't for every tree planted to survive. It's for some of them to survive. Those trees will then grow and drop leaves in fall, improve soil health, provide a canopy layer for vines, shrubs, herbs and animal life, and self-seed new trees to join and replace them. Over time the system as a whole will grow until it reaches stability. Right now they're at step 1, planting, which comes after step 0, deciding to plant.
We should follow their lead and plant native trees wherever we are.
I wonder if any of their technology was used in these planting days in Ethiopia?
And yet there's little talk about it, and even less action.
Congrats to Ethiopia for actually doing something real.
I have no doubt people are planting trees but this quote makes me feel like perhaps someone should do so numbers on this, 300 million just doesn't sound right unless somewhere like 500,000 people are participating, if that is what is happening I feel like getting 500,000 people to participate is a story in and of itself.