Planting trees to solve climate crisis absolute nonsense: Bill Gates
Earlier this year, a joint study by MIT and the non-profit organization Climate crisis Interactive found that planting even one trillion trees could reduce global temperatures by just 0.15 degrees Celsius by 2100.
Billionaire Bill Gates spends a lot of money on climate crisis change. For example, he donates nearly $10 million a year to just one company dealing with the crisis.
However, the co-founder of Microsoft ensured that this support should be spent on all scientifically effective technologies. He does not even consider activities like tree planting to be very effective in combating climate change.
Bill Gates participated in the ‘New York Times Climate Forward Summit‘ held in New York yesterday (Friday). In an interview there, he said, a company called Climworks develops technology for absorbing carbon dioxide directly from the environment. And he is the biggest client of this company.
At the same time, Climworks also provides solar panels and electric heat pumps for low-income families on behalf of Bill Gates. However, he does not consider some of the initiatives taken by such companies to be very effective in climate change.
Bill Gates said in an interview, “I don’t really use approaches that aren’t completely scientifically proven. For example, I don’t plant trees.”
“A lot of people think that if we plant more trees, it will completely solve the climate crisis problem,” said New York Times climate correspondent David Gales after Gates’ comments.
In response, Bill Gates said, “Planting trees to solve the climate crisis is ‘absolute nonsense’. Don’t we want to be science-minded people – or do we want to be ignorant people?”
Of course, there is no reason to dismiss such a claim of Bill Gates. Climate scientists find that planting more trees alone won’t do much to stop global warming. Because those trees take a long time to grow and absorb enough carbon to make a difference.
Earlier this year, a joint study by MIT and the non-profit organization Climate Interactive found that planting even one trillion trees could reduce global temperatures by just 0.15 degrees Celsius by 2100.
On the other hand, using 0.42 acres of land, about 4 thousand tons of carbon-dioxide absorption is possible through Climworks’ carbon capture plant. Which is 1000 times more effective than planting trees on the same land.
Considering such a situation, Bill Gates emphasized the importance of taking technology-based measures to combat climate change. Microsoft’s co-founder has given plenty of money to climate investment firms, energy ventures and startups through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates urged the government to take initiative in formulating various policies to deal with the climate crisis problem. Among them, he emphasized on the payment of subsidies and collection of carbon tax.
Bill Gates said, “I think we should spend a lot of money on climate crisis change. The carbon tax should be increased a lot. Given the political realities, it’s impossible to tackle this problem without innovation.”
Bill Gates served as the CEO of Microsoft for a long time. He was the richest person in the world for 13 years. Currently retired from working life and engaged in human service.