Fri Dec 4 2020
We’ve teamed up with One Tree Planted to plant 100 trees in your state for everyone you refer who gets a Kin policy. So… why trees? Glad you asked.
We serve communities that are the most impacted by climate change. Homeowners in Florida and California are at greater risk of hurricanes, floods, and wildfires – big catastrophes made worse and more frequent by our warming world.
So we decided to do our part to help combat climate change. Here’s why trees are so vital to that mission.
According to NASA, an international research team set out to estimate the effect of restoring forested land as a way to mitigate climate change.
First, the team started with a model that estimates the planet’s reforestation potential, which revealed we could feasibly support 25 percent more forests than we currently have. To put a figure on it, that’s another 2.2 billion acres of forests.
If all those trees were planted, the team estimated it could:
Why does extra carbon dioxide hurt our atmosphere? It’s a greenhouse gas that absorbs and radiates heat. The more carbon in our atmosphere, the warmer our planet gets. Warmer climate melts polar ice caps, makes sea levels rise, creates intense storms, increases the acidity of the ocean, and causes severe droughts.
Carbon in our atmosphere has already warmed the world by 1° C since pre-industrial times. It even hit a new record high in 2019: 409.8 parts per million. The ocean’s acidity also increased by 30 percent.
Granted, planting billions of trees is going to take time and a lot of global cooperation. But if we don’t cut and reduce emissions in the atmosphere, we’re on track to hit a whopping 3.9° C increase by 2100.
Trees can be an essential tool in the effort to reduce carbon emissions. Here’s a quick rundown of all the ways trees benefit us:
Florida is home to 38 state forests, covering over 1,153,693 acres. But every year, the Atlantic hurricane season threatens Florida’s forest resources that provide fresh air, wildlife habitat, and clean water. In fact, unhealthy forests have been a major contributor in the wildfires Florida has seen recently.
Similarly, California’s droughts and record-high temperatures have taken a toll on its forests. Since the drought started in 2010, more than 147 million trees have died. Since 2017 alone, 18 million trees have died. For perspective, a “normal” tree mortality rate is much less than a million per year in California.
These dead trees have been fueling the brutal wildfire season we’ve seen this year and years past.
Planting young, healthy trees can help restore and stabilize forests and mitigate the effects of climate change both states are enduring.
To support the communities we serve, we’ve reimagined our referral program. We’re proud to partner with One Tree Planted to plant 100 trees in the forests of Florida or California for every friend or family member who gets a policy with Kin.
One Tree Planted ensures the trees are native to the area and plants them at a time conducive to their survival. Every tree helps to:
Tell your friends, and let’s work together to help our forests thrive.
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