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in the shadow of mature shade trees sheltered from the bright noonday Sun volunteers prepared to plant over a dozen saplings we want to make sure that this tree has every possibility of surviving the trees they plant today could possibly be providing protection a hundred years from now that's the root flare we want to make sure that that root flare is above the ground or just barely got a little soil on it the corporate professionals here on a little leave from their desk jobs stop and listen to the basic instructions that will increase the odds of long-term tree planting success give me another shovel together these make a highly scientific measuring tool we now know how deep the hole is right so we can grab it there and come back over here look like that holds too deep in it so we're gonna have to actually put some dirt back in that hole the trees will take root along McCutchin Creek in Spring Hill those that do survive will branch out and serve several important purposes trees are one of the best ways to clean up stormwater the roots of those trees absorb water they absorb pollutants all of our sidewalks and rooftops and things like that they have water that just you know it's no longer absorbs into the ground anymore once you pave over those surfaces they also help with erosion and sedimentation the roots are the best ways to stabilize the soil and of course we know that sedimentation is probably one of the biggest pollutants in our streams here in the city as well as around the nation if these volunteers were punching a time clock the paycheck would only last a little while but the trees they're planting are likely to last beyond their lifetime it's a personal investment with a pay it forward philosophy I think as we have passion to do it I mean we're volunteering so we want to do it it's not a force obligation you have to get up every day to do it because it's your job quote unquote you're doing because you enjoy it in 1-2 let's get one crew vulcan trees benefit people trees benefit places the environment and trees benefit the economy and you know there's just nobody out there that can't appreciate one or more of those benefits that's really the genesis of the tennessee tree project the tennessee tree project is an effort on the part of the state environmental council corporate sponsors and local volunteers with a goal of planting 1 million trees by the year 2020 the program started with a desire to enhance the tree line along the Duck River and it have expanded all across the state in parks neighborhoods yards will plant trees pretty much anywhere folks will work with us to plant trees when executives at the Franklin headquarters of Mars pet food found out about the project they came looking for ways to work company volunteers have planted almost 200 trees in less than a month I grew up in Lexington Kentucky and always was around a lot of property as soon as I was allowed to cut grass or do any work around the house I was out there doing it and I now live in downtown Nashville so I don't get to really enjoy all the landscaping anymore so it's great to get out and volunteer and enjoy a park on a pretty day planting is just part of it there are some trees planted previously that now need a little trimming a little pruning a little TLC we're gonna check to make sure all the trees have a collar on them we put these on here to protect them from the weed eaters they taught us how to be sure to look for dead leaves and and dead branches and then cut the dead branches off and leave the others going and just checking the basic with a healthy tree that's a cute one we've got the million tree goal but we also want to engage a half-a-million Tennesseans in the process and we want to do that because we want to educate people help people to be aware about the value of one individual tree but also about the value of the urban forest and the rural force to our community as socially conscious corporate executives demonstrated here there is also great value in being a volunteer in Tennessee I'm Annette Knoll Hall on Tennessee's wild side you

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What If We Planted a Trillion Trees

it's dawn it's dark and you don't know what kind of weather is waiting for you outside your tent it doesn't matter anyway in rain hail sleet snow blistering heat you're on the front lines shovel in hand wearing over 20 kilograms of gear battling against nature to save the environment on a good day you might plant 2,000 trees in a ten-hour shift but imagine if you had to do this every day for the next 570 thousand years this is what if and here's what would happen if we planted one trillion trees it's true tree planting is no picnic bears bugs blisters unpredictable terrain unpredictable weather up north it wouldn't be uncommon for a tree planter to pee on their own hands to keep them from freezing tree planting is undoubtedly one of the world's hardest jobs so why would anyone do it because if they didn't life would be much worse for everyone since 1900 births average temperature has risen by one degree that doesn't sound like much but just wait till you feel it if our planet becomes just 2 degrees hotter than it was in the 20th century heat waves flooding crop failure and animal extinction will be commonplace doing nothing about it would just be reckless demonstrating an extreme indifference not just a human life but to all life on Earth you might even call it second-degree murder some ideas that have been put forward for cooling the planet include a giant space umbrella to shield the earth from the Sun or a giant space mirror to reflect sun rays back into space meanwhile back on earth we've already got trees that absorb the harmful carbon emissions that warm our planet while also expelling oxygen so that we can breathe problem is we just don't have enough of them to do the job while the world is currently home to roughly 3 trillion trees we lose about 10 billion of them every year and as you might expect we've become more efficient at stripping our forests than we are at replanting them as a consequence 20% of the planet's greenhouse emissions are caused by deforestation compared to 14% by transportation if we planted a trillion trees we could offset a decade's worth of those emissions time that we desperately need but it will truly require an international effort to realize this goal if every human on earth planted just 150 trees we could meet our one trillion tree goal quite easily but that's just not very realistic and while the world's tree planters work long hard days to pick up the slack there still aren't enough of them to get the job done in time a study at Yale University concluded that if we continue our current rate of deforestation without planting more trees our planet will be completely treeless within 300 years already it's been calculated that the world has lost half of its trees since the last ice age before we revisit the space umbrella idea let's consider some of the more feasible options that are on the table tree planting drones for example can plant up to 100,000 trees a day the equivalent of about 50 veteran tree planters and while a lot of students take up tree planting as a lucrative summer job the more innovative ones have found other ways to cash in but whether we do it by drones or by robots it's time to bring out the big guns in this battle for our planet planting a trillion trees is still far ahead in our future do you know what our world would look like without them well that's a story for another what-if [Music]

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