The text, an abbreviated version of the bestseller from a couple of years ago, benefits from the edit. It gets to the point, letting the trees fill in the rest.
Lose the forests and we will surely lose the climate. Plant forests and we have a chance. Beyond carbon storage, which is significant, forests...
- deflect sunlight from the ground
- emit molecules that thicken clouds (coniferous terpenes)
- function as massive pumps sending rain inland (rainforests)
- bring water up from the depths to the benefit of an entire, complex ecosystem
- slow rain and melting snow from running off into streams and rivers
Forests are also beautiful, full of mystery and wonder.
To quote the always quotable Aldo Leopold:
“If the land mechanism as a whole is good then every part is good, whether we understand it or not…To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”
– Conservation, Round River.
Here's to intelligent tinkering.