I had a conversation last week about carbon offsets.

It seems that people think that planting trees is a suitable way of offsetting carbon output from various processes.

Two words: “it isn’t.”

Trees capture carbon in the short term. But in the long term, unless the carbon they took in gets stored long-term, it goes right back to the environment in a couple of centuries — tops.

As the wood decomposes, the carbon gets re-emitted to the environment.

It’s quite a terrible carbon sink.

But people don’t think more than what’s in front of their faces.