READ ME SECOND: How We’ll do Our Part __ Yet it Isn’t Enough
Working with Ecomotion of Glendale, CA, the club is actively implementing and investing in strategies and technologies, such as solar panels, to replace the use of electricity powered by extracted carbon fuels.
And yet, when we reach our goal of net-zero, good for us, but so what? It won’t be enough. Not nearly enough.
Scientists agree that this personal approach, even on a large scale is not nearly enough to counter the effects of climate change.
SCIENTISTS, BUSINESSES, GOVERNMENTS, LEGISLATORS, ACTIVISTS, ALL PLAY A ROLE – YET IT ISN’T ENOUGH
Climate scientists are working against the clock developing carbon-capture models, and governments are working on land-use policies, legislation, and accords. First Nation activists are jeopardizing their lives by blocking oil pipelines in Minnesota and elsewhere. All to stop future carbon emissions and stop the ongoing violations of indigenous rights and land.
Yet to stop the terrible feedback loop of climate change, we must remove carbon that is already here. Fires burn. Temperatures rise. Diseases emerge. Hurricanes Strengthen. Glaciers melt.
Meantime, the clock ticks.
What to do? What can be done? What can be done now to capture carbon? What can WE do to capture carbon?
ONE DOABLE IDEA: USE NATURE’S BRILLIANCE
In the forest of carbon sequestering ideas, there also stands a beautifully simple, tall, hopeful, green idea: Trees. Those lovely, swaying, shading, ancient, fragrant, life-enhancing trees are also nature’s carbon capture specialists, sequestering carbon for many years.
THE IDEA IS PLANTED
500 billion trees! Using data from the Crowther Lab – “inspired by nature and driven by science,” — and published in the Journal Science –which recommends planting 500 billion trees worldwide as a carbon sink solution, the idea has taken off. Or, rather, the idea has been firmly planted!
Planting trees, here, there, and everywhere is an initiative backed by science, Google, the United Nations World Economic Forum, Presidents, world leaders, and the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign –
and we invite you to participate.
OUR IDEA GROWS
Using “out of play” areas of the club’s golf course to Plant for the Planet, we’ve joined the United Nation’s Plant for the Planet Trillion Trees Campaign to register our progress and be counted in the effort. As stewards of approximately 113 acres of mostly wide-open land, otherwise known as LCFCC’s golf course, we’d like to be a small part of this beautiful solution. By joining this global initiative, our goal is to plant up to 300 new trees here and hundreds more around the world, inspire others to plant trees, and to join reforestations projects all over the globe
– but we need friends and neighbors to help power the effort.
ONE MORE IMPORTANT STEP: WE ALL CAN RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DEFORESTATION AND ITS DEVASTATING EFFECTS
Conserving our existing forests is by far one of our most powerful weapons against climate change (along with decarbonization). Get involved, give money to worthy nonprofits working to defend our forests worldwide (see resources below).
OUR CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN A BRIGHT FUTURE
The costs of de-carbonization are challenging for a small business. Solar panel installations can run close to two million dollars. Thankfully, there are helpful government incentive programs to help finance the costs. Our new LED tennis court light replacements were another $50,000. And that’s just the beginning.
Each tree we plant costs us a minimum of $250 dollars and requires irrigation, pruning, and care over its lifetime. Failure rates can be high when trees are not planted correctly. 60%-70%. By sponsoring cared-for trees, you are planting hope, beauty, and love for those you care about, while keeping some carbon in the ground and not in our atmosphere.
Thank you for planting hope by sponsoring trees.
Together, we can imagine and build a healthy future for our mother earth and all her peoples.
Resources and Source Information
PLACES TO PLANT TREES RESOURCES
A personal Favorite, the Green Belt Movement in Kenya: The Green Belt Movement
ORGANIZATIONS WORKING AGAINST DEFORESTATION
LEARN WHY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ARE THE BEST STEWARDS OF FORESTS AND AND HOW TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES