What is the issue?
Trees are a natural part of the carbon cycle that is necessary to take some carbon dioxide from the air on a natural basis. As humans are increasing carbon levels in the atmosphere, trees help take some of that out of the air during photosynthesis. As humans tear down forests, known as deforestation, we take some of those natural solutions out of the equation.
What can be done to stop this?
The simple answer is to end deforestation. However, the logging industry is so powerful that it will be difficult. This is similar to the fight against fossil fuels. However, unlike the fossil fuel industry, there are other solutions. We can plant trees to offset our carbon footprints. Obviously, it is hard for an average American to plant trees. However, there are certain organizations that can help you. Click here to calculate your carbon footprint on conservation.org. It only takes 5 minutes. Afterward, it tells you how many trees it will take to offset your carbon footprint. For example, a carbon footprint of 11.13 tons of carbon dioxide per year can be offset with 159 trees planted each year. One cannot plant 159 trees. However, if one donates to conservation.org $11/month, they will be able to plant the trees for them. This will be different for each person, depending on your carbon footprint. If you cannot afford it, just a donation of $1 will help them plant a tree.