Do you want save the planet?

Modern society is facing something called “climate change or global warming”.

There’s no doubt that the climate is changing and no doubt that global warming is real.

What is unrealistic is that we still continue to drum the same thing over and over again and that is?

Let’s reduce our carbon footprint. So, governments embraced solar, wind, and ocean power and humanity realised well, we can build cars powered via electric battery.

That is a great initiative, except, all the tools we need to harvest that natural energy trough must be built from something, right?

I am not a scientist but certainly, we will still need to dig iron ore, minerals and then we need to melt them, shape them, and put them into operation.

Long story short, I was wondering after an interview with Professor Clive Smallman about why we humans cannot save the planet in any other way than through renewable energy?

Then Professor Smallman explained in simple terms, if we want to save the planet, we need to plant more trees.

Plant trees?

Did I hear that correct?

Like more trees, no wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars? Trees.

Interestingly enough, I do remember as a kid that we were taught in school how trees are the lungs of the planet.


In addition to the carbon dioxide trees capture, they also help the soil capture and store carbon. Despite not doing as such an incredible job as the ocean – absorbing around 90% of all carbon emissions and then suffering the impacts of acidification – trees are extremely important to help stop climate change.

So, on my recent trip I visited Singapore.

It should go without saying that I love Singapore. I fell in love with this city in 2012 when I first visited.

Yes, I was told by many “be careful in Singapore, this city has all sort of bans, like don’t throw chewing gum on the road.” Wow, this is something you learn on the first day in school, do not throw garbage, do not litter.

Singapore is a truly amazing city.

An aesthetically shaped and maintained city, incorporating all features necessary for citizens to be happy and proud of their city, state, and country.

So much green is planted in Singapore which is 180,000 acres and yet the government incorporated in architecture, what?

Planting trees and plants?

All around trees and greens.

So, I asked a few of my contacts there, why so many trees, plants, and greens?

They told me that apart from the beautiful look and offering cleaner air to citizens, they are doing their bit for the planet by absorbing more carbon monoxide and making amends for their land destroyed by the previous generation where most of the rainforest is gone.

End of chat.

Let me clarify something.

Singapore is 180,000 acres according to the almighty internet and daily, humans cut almost 10,000 acres of rainforest (according to The Guardian). So, we basically burn one city the size of Singapore in 18 days.

Singapore has gone so far with adjusting citizens, work, and life around climate change; adding more greens, more trees and keeping their carbon footprint so low. The rest of the world is still chasing the magical formula in forms like, “let’s build electric cars and wind turbines”, which require more and more digging, melting, shaping, and welding, while the solution for a cleaner planet was always here.

Trees. Those beautiful, silent natural wonders all around us.

Trees and greens.

You want to save the planet, then plant more trees. It requires less effort, less pollution, and less manufacturing.

Save the planet and plant a tree, that is something we all can do.




This post was written by Mario Bekes