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This island was on the brink of disaster. Then, they planted thousands of trees.

This island was on the brink of disaster. Then, they planted thousands of trees.

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  • Adapting to climate change is going to become more and more pressing in the months and years ahead. This is a good insight into how a small community faces a tough future due to depleted natural resources and climate change, but that careful policy design can turn things around.

  • President Franklin Roosevelt developed the Civil Conservation Corps that served two purposes - one to give work to young men who were paid with the bulk of the funds sent to their families and the second was establishing a goal of planting one Billion trees to offset the ecological damage of over planting

    President Franklin Roosevelt developed the Civil Conservation Corps that served two purposes - one to give work to young men who were paid with the bulk of the funds sent to their families and the second was establishing a goal of planting one Billion trees to offset the ecological damage of over planting and reduce the future impact of the dust bowl storms. During his presidency more than 2 billion trees were planted and ecological damage was repaired. It makes sense that an island would arrive at the benefits of trees to save their island.

  • People can take action against climate change. Encouraging story.

  • "The world needs to start paying attention to places like this, because islands are like microcosms for our whole planet,”

    I can't explain it better than that. We keep pushing society to the brink of disaster before trying to survive. It always surprises me that our survival instinct doesn't extends beyond immediate planning.

  • What a lovely story. Worth sharing widely. Climate change will affect everyone, and thus the solutions to dealing with it can come from any corner of the world.

  • There have been numerous stories that have showcased that by replanting trees, in only 20 to 30 years the environment can completely restore itself. As a result of the carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen levels that change, it begs the question to areas that have been afflicted by deforestation: What

    There have been numerous stories that have showcased that by replanting trees, in only 20 to 30 years the environment can completely restore itself. As a result of the carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen levels that change, it begs the question to areas that have been afflicted by deforestation: What is stopping you from re-planting trees?

  • It’s clear that people can become likeminded when a situation turns so dreadful that acceptance of reality is a matter of survival. They folks in this article did just that. I’m concerned that the delusional perception by many here in the US that climate change is not a real thing is so cemented into

    It’s clear that people can become likeminded when a situation turns so dreadful that acceptance of reality is a matter of survival. They folks in this article did just that. I’m concerned that the delusional perception by many here in the US that climate change is not a real thing is so cemented into their mindsets that catastrophic realities will not be enough to wake them from this trance.

  • Amazing what can be achieved when people care about others and the earth.

  • Now, let’s apply the following algorithm to our future:

    Island Kokota = ({Island Earth} x 1 zillion)

  • How many trees have any of the other commentors actually planted?

    How has planting trees on an island affected Global Warming at all,?