Plants Cool the Planet

Plants Cool the Planet

ERA partners Jimi Sol and Rob deLaet show why we need more plants on land and sea and why a tree plantation is not a forest!

Key Concepts

Plants mitigate climate change through transpiration, carbon sequestration, cloud formation, and cooling effects.


Plants release water to the air which has a cooling effect on the plant, and the environment. Plants regulate temperature, contributing to ecosystem health.


The transformation of water vapor into liquid droplets aids in cloud formation, precipitation, and the overall water cycle, essential for a balanced ecosystem.


Clouds reflect sunlight, provide shade, and regulate temperature by blocking excess radiation, playing a vital role in maintaining climate balance.


Forests are ecosystems formed by plants, animals, insects, and fungi. Forest conservation and planting, like the Miyawaki method, is more effective than just tree planting.


Plants transpire and shade which cools to the surrounding environment, providing relief from heat stress. More plants mean a cooler climate, locally and even globally.

Carbon Sequestration

Plants absorb CO2, and help store carbon in the ground mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and reducing their impact on climate change. 


Wetlands act as nature’s water filters, improving water quality, regulating water flow, mitigating floods, and providing critical habitats for diverse species, contributing to ecological balance.

Thinking Holistically

Embracing a holistic approach to ecosystem management ensures the preservation of interconnected systems, fostering resilience and sustainability.