Two billion new trees to fight climate change

September 27, 2019

As Canadians, we care about our nature.

Whether it’s hiking through a park, sitting by a local river, or spending a weekend in cottage country — enjoying the great outdoors is part of who we are.

But the forests and fields we love are at risk.

We’ve all seen the news. Wildfires are getting more intense and more frequent, burning down forests and homes. Infestations we thought we had under control are spreading, killing more and more trees. A downpour of rain can quickly turn to a flash flood, wiping out nearby wildlife and greenery.

The good news? We can use the power of nature to save it.

Trees hold entire ecosystems together, stop erosion, and help prevent floods. They pull carbon dioxide — one of the leading causes of climate change — out of our air. The more trees we have, the more carbon we can take out of the atmosphere. That’s where we come in.

We will plant two billion trees over the next decade. That’s right, two billion trees.

Not only will this create about 3,500 seasonal jobs, it will help get us almost 40 per cent closer to our emissions reduction targets.

To make it happen, we’re going to make sure cities and urban areas are part of this movement, supporting projects that would see more trees planted in densely populated communities. And we’ll help municipalities and local leaders fight infestations that are killing trees across Canada.

All this is part of our plan to get to net-zero emissions by 2050. That means any emissions Canada does produce is offset by actions that reduce emissions (like two billion more trees in the ground).

To help us get to net-zero, we’ll also conserve and protect 25 percent of Canada’s land and 25 percent of our oceans. And we’ll give money to families who renovate their homes to make them more energy-efficient — lowering their bills and reducing all of our emissions in the process.

With this plan, we’re choosing to lead the fight against climate change. We’re choosing forward.

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