Want to save the planet? Plant some trees. A lot of trees.

I read the other day about a study by Swiss scientists that indicated atmospheric carbons could be reduced to their lowest level in 100 years if only we were to plant one trillion trees.

That, to me, is finally a reasonable solution to a difficult problem. In my opinion the world is not ready to give up the jobs produced by extracting coal, natural gas and petroleum from the earth. Just ask Hillary Clinton how the country feels about that. Moreover, neither are people ready to shuttle the SUVs, airplanes and trucks that guzzle fossil fuel.

But planting trees is a positive for everyone. Who does not like a pretty tree?

Some countries have already been embracing the plan. China, for instance, is said to be planting about 50 billion trees for a so called “green wall.” And Australia apparently is planting a billion or so.

The researchers say there is ample available unused space without disturbing development and farmland for the trillion trees, even though area about the size of the United States would be needed. 

But how would trees save the planet? As we learned in science class, trees store carbon—the chief culprit in climate change—in converting it to oxygen in a process called photosynthesis.

Of course, some people profess not to believe climate change, a.k.a. “global warming,” is real despite the fact that recorded temperatures continue to rise just about every year. I believe it is real because I respect science.

And, besides, I can feel it. Winters just are not as brutally cold as they were when I was growing up. And when I read reports that ice chunks the size of Delaware or something are breaking off or melting in the Antarctica, it gets my attention.

Actually, I suspect some who question climate change just do not want to lose the jobs – in coal mines in Alabama and West Virginia or oil fields in Louisiana and Texas. Frankly, I don’t either.

And there is legitimate question about the effects of global warming, even if it is real. For instance, I am not overly concerned if the oceans were to rise an inch or so over the next several decades, although I do not want Gulf Shores or Panama City to float out into the Gulf either.

Of course, the predictions of global warming are much more dire than a very slight rise in ocean levels, such as weather changes, including more droughts, fewer but more intense hurricanes, blizzards and other devastating conditions.

Auspicious debut

Deshawn Davis, the former Auburn linebacker, tweeted that he had just had his first heart attack as an Auburn fan. Indeed, Auburn’s victory over 11th ranked Oregon was one for the ages. A real nail biter. But freshman quarterback Bo Nix showed in the clutch he could be everything we thought he could.

After a slow start, Auburn’s defense bowed up against a talented Duck offense. (“Duck” offense? Really? Yep.)

The promising debut leaves Auburn fans excited about what 2019 could bring. Lots of potential after the propitious start, yet lots of room for improvement.

It is too early, especially with Auburn’s tough schedule, to talk playoffs, but this talented team seems to have the potential and heart to go a long way.

Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to doneddins@auburnlaw.us. 

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