On Tuesdays I get to talk on WKYB, Danville's country radio station. This was today's topic.
The world is reforesting at a delightful rate.
True, we are still losing more forest each year than we gain. But the rate of deforestation has slowed. Brazil, home to the "world's lungs," the Amazon rainforest, has made great strides in reducing forest cutting.
Moreover, some countries have had astoundingly successful reforestation programs. China has had a net gain of 46,000 square miles of forest in the past decade. Pakistan has planted 750 million trees just in the past year or so. And last summer India planted almost 50 million trees in one day.
The United States has more trees now than it did a century ago. We use much less wood for fuel, and have returned many acres of marginal farmland to trees. Some of this effort is government driven, but quite a bit is from the decisions of millions of private property owners that it makes sense to plant trees - or just to let them regrow naturally.
In Danville, yours truly has helped raise money in an ongoing project to plant 50 trees a year along downtown streets. This is a micro initiative, but is like many others which, taken together, add up to a macro reforestation of urban America.
Good going, trees.