Trees are One of Nature’s Brilliant Carbon Sequestration Solutions

Nov 30, 2020 | Eco-friendly Golf Courses, Highlights, LCFCC Green Journey

La Cañada Flintridge Country Club’s Green Pathways and Plant for the Planet Vision

Propelled by a sense of urgency driven by the climate crisis, we, as owners of a small business,  started to explore how we could reduce our businesses’ carbon contribution to climate change. Wouldn’t it be great to contribute to the solutions, instead of being a part of the problem? The answer was a big, happy, “yes!”  We’ve hired Ecomotion consultants, located in nearby Glendale, to oversee our sustainability assessments and to help guide our net-zero carbon project, LCFCC Green Pathways, which we expect to be ongoing over the next two years.

HOW WE’LL DO OUR PART – YET IT ISN’T ENOUGH  

Working with Ecomotion, the club is investing in strategies and technologies, such as solar panels to replace the use of extracted carbon fuels; use of reclaimed water to irrigate the course (already in place), and various other waste reduction pathways, which will reduce our club’s footprint by more than 50% just with the solar array – our goal? Net-zero.

But 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 large-scale models, and governments are working on land-use policies, legislation, and accords. First Nation activists are jeopardizing their lives by blocking oil pipelines. All to stop future carbon emissions. Yet to stop the terrible feedback loop of climate change, we must remove carbon that is already here. Meantime, the clock ticks.

What to do? What can be done? What can be done now to capture carbon?  

ONE IDEA: NATURE’S BRILLIANT SOLUTION

In the forest of solutions, there stands a beautifully simple, tall, hopeful, green idea: Trees. Those lovely, swaying, shading, fragrant, life-enhancing trees are also nature’s carbon capture specialists, sequestering carbon for many years. With data from the Crowther Lab* and the Journal Science recommending massive tree planting and reforestation 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 the United Nations World Economic Forum and the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign – and we invite you to participate!

OUR IDEA GROWS
Oak Sapling

Eight-year oak tree. Isolated on white.

We’ve decided to use “out of play” areas of the club’s golf course to Plant for the Planet, and 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 200 new trees and join reforestations projects all over the globe – but we need friends and neighbors to help power the effort.

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. LED tennis court light replacements are another $50,000. And that’s just the beginning.

HOW YOU CAN BE A PARTNER FOR THE PLANET AND HONOR A FAMILY MEMBER OR SPECIAL EVENT

We hope you’ll be inspired to help us grow our ambitious project to plant up to 300 trees for the planet by donating towards their planting and care. Each tree costs us a minimum of $250 dollars and requires irrigation, pruning, and care over its lifetime. The cost to sponsor a single tree is only $100. See our Tree Planting FAQ

WE INVITE YOU TO HELP TO PLANT A TREE  IN CELEBRATION A BIRTH, TO HONOR A LOVED ONE, OR MARK AN ANNIVERSARY OR BIRTHDAY – SEE OUR PLANTING TOGETHER FACT SHEET

We invite you, our friends, family, members, guests, and community, to sponsor a tree or trees. Celebrate life and those you love, for nothing is as beautiful as a tree and so vividly demonstrates a belief in the future. Each tree you sponsor helps us move one tree closer to Plant for the Planet’s trillion tree goal.

Together, we can imagine and build a healthy future for our mother earth and all her peoples.

Resources and Source Information

The Trillion Trees Campaign is Born

National Forest Foundation

Deforestation’s Carbon Impact

City Plants

PLACES TO PLANT TREES RESOURCES

A personal Favorite, the Green Belt Movement in Kenya: The Green Belt Movement

Arbor Day Foundation

A Time for Trees

City of LA Free Tree Program and Initiative

 ORGANIZATIONS WORKING AGAINST DEFORESTATION

Amazon Protection Plant

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Action Network

More Resources

LEARN WHY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ARE THE BEST STEWARDS OF FORESTS AND AND HOW TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

 

Click here to read about Indigenous peoples as Forest Protectors

Get Informed: Read about November 2021’s Glasgow Climate Accord and Indigenous Peoples

About the Author

Pamela L Dreyfuss started her career as an actress, starring in a few films in the 1970s and 1980s. One film, Over the Edge, has reached the status of a 1970s classic. She went on to work as a screenwriter and freelance writer, while attending Pitzer College. Pamela has two wonderful children, one college graduate and the other currently in art school. A nature lover and avid bird watcher, she was influenced by her mother's early environmentalism. Pamela has been involved in grassroots environmental causes for years and sees 2021 as a breakout year for the chance to save our climate from disaster. Are you in?

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