22. Who determines the priorities?

22nd blog, March 13, 2019

In order to save the banks in Europe, in 2011 - within 3 years after the crisis of 2008 - 4.6 trillion (4,600,000,000,000) euros of support was given. This money came without a tax increase for the citizens.

To prevent global climate change, all countries must together plant 2 billion (2,000,000,000) hectares of (productive) trees. That costs only 4 trillion (4,000,000,000,000) euros. Much less than saving the European banks.

And now it is about something much more important, not saving systemic banks, or helping shareholders or maintaining bonuses, but protecting humanity against climate change. Our leaders come together all the time. In January 2019 they came to Davos, but the 4 trillion euros needed to plant 2 billion hectares of trees has not (yet) been made available. They talked a lot, made promises, lit up 1,000 candles and went back home with their 1,500 private jets.

My father taught me: 'No time set means it is no priority'. As a next generation after my father, I would like to advise: 'Not choosing the right priority will later lead to regret'. 

How we can prevent climate change together:

  • We plant 2 billion hectares (productive) trees in 40 years;
  • That is 50 million hectares a year;
  • 1 million hectares per week;
  • It costs a total of 4 trillion euros in 40 years;
  • That is 100 billion a year;
  • From 2025 this area will raise money. 5 Tonnes of food x 0.30 Euros per kilo is 1,500 euros per hectare, per year;
  • That is 3 trillion euros per year.

How much is 100 billion a year:

  • The US defense budget is 639 billion USD per year. The Treesolution costs 18% of this budget;
  • The European Union's foreign aid budget is 123 billion euros per year. The Treesolution costs 81% of this budget. We could even use this budget for the Treesolution, because we plant productive trees in countries that are ravaged by poverty and drought.


  • We can easily pay the Treesolution;
  • Our leaders set different priorities.

The annual COP climate conference was organized this year in the coal mining town of Katowice (COP24). The quality of our existence and how much our leaders believe we can earn and pay taxes is largely determined during G20 conferences or at conferences such as the World Economic Forum in Davos. It seems that our leaders currently have different priorities than taking good care of you and me, by helping to prevent climate change.

I hope to have been able to convince you, through these blogs, of the fact that the current Climate Agreement is seriously inadequate and needs a flanking policy. This flanking policy should consist of, among other things, applying the Treesolution, the benefits of which are widely explained.

There is a saying that teaches us that every nation gets the leaders it deserves. So if we want other priorities to be chosen, then we must talk to our leaders, or consider replacing them. The ball is now with us, not with them. Do you help? The next blog is called 'Innovation as a CO₂ solution.

Pieter Hoff
Green Musketeer


Background information
On 8 October 2018, the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) issued an emergency call to all countries to reduce their CO₂ emissions by at least 50% by 2030. The Netherlands wants to comply with this by means of a Climate Agreement. Pieter Hoff is of the opinion that the Climate Agreement needs additional policies to achieve 0% net CO₂ emissions by 2030 and that this supporting policy can be implemented much more efficiently, quicker and less costly than the current proposals that are included in the proposed Dutch Climate Agreement.