The Threat of Climate Change
Currently, climate change is the greatest threat to life on Earth. However, every person can take simple actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate for our personal contribution to the problem, and build greater community resiliency.
A Way for You to Get Involved
Building on the historic 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement ratified by 195 nations, Turtle Island has launched the 10,000 Redwoods Project, which provides an innovative way for individuals, schools and businesses to directly engage in the climate change challenge through the simple act of planting trees to sequester carbon.
Our goal is to plant 10,000 redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area to create a local carbon sink.
Redwood trees store more carbon per hectare than any other tree on Earth. Coastal redwood trees sequester triple the above ground carbon of any other type of tree, making them a key player in mitigating climate change. We know carbon is stored in redwood trunks, but amazingly soils and roots store even more!
Due to over-harvesting, only five percent of the original old-growth coast redwood trees remain, and they are listed as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The loss of coastal redwoods in California also impacts critically endangered coho salmon and other species.
The fact that redwoods are fast growing, massive, long-lived, rot resistant, easy to cultivate, and awe-inspiring, make them the ideal icon for action on climate change.