Treegeneration was established in 2020 by Rob Squires:
When I was thinking really hard about the future, last year, at the beginning of lockdown, I read that there's enough space available on the planet to plant a trillion trees, and that doing so over the next 50 - 100 years would lock up two-thirds of all our carbon emissions.
The research didn't include urban or arable land, but it did include grazing land, where planting trees can be beneficial to sheep and cattle.
The report went on to say that this could be achieved for £240 billion globally.
Now that might sound like a lot of money but consider this: in the 10 years following the 2008 financial crises, the UK government spent over £450 billion bailing out the bankers through Quantitative Easing!
Knowing this puts things into sharp context for me.
Surely, if the banks are "Too big to fail" to the tune of 450 billion, then the planet's got to be worth a mere 240 billion?
And that would be 240 billion pounds globally I might add, so the UK's share of this would be a drop in the ocean compared with the bill for bailing out the bankers.
I believe that we are the "Tree generation", and this is our time.
There's been some amazing work over the last twenty to thirty years, planting new woodlands.
But, if we're to play our part in planting a trillion trees to put the breaks on climate change, then there is still so much more work to be done in the UK, and it's up to all of us to do our bit to make this happen.
I'm Rob Squires, and this is why I've set up Treegeneration, we're raising cash, to plant trees, to fight climate change, and to regenerate nature.