21st blog, March 12, 2019
For the Netherlands, we only need 12 million hectares of trees to decompose all CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels. That is 2.9 times the area of our country. Compared with the 2 billion hectares we need to make the whole world CO₂ neutral, such a small area is easy to organize. In the United States, approximately 862 million acres of severely eroded land could be restored. Planting this degraded land would offset 5 billion tons of CO₂ per year, which is more than the USA emits. Planting productive trees would make the USA the first CO₂ neutral country in the world, with a money making and job creating business model.