Trees as Climate Solutions: A Roundtable Debate

recent New York Times opinion claims that “Focusing on trees as the big solution to climate change is a dangerous diversion.” True? False? Somewhere in between?

Roundtable panelists will debate the relative utility and disutility of tree planting, forest restoration, and forest conservation as solutions to global climate change. Further, panelists will discuss the contributions of individual and collective levels of behavioral changes to addressing climate change. 


  • Erle Ellis, professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Systems

  • Matthew Fagan, assistant professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Systems

  • Susan Sterett, professor, School of Public Policy

  • Fernando Tormos-Aponte, postdoctoral research associate, School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science

  • Blake Francis, postdoctoral research associate, Department of Philosophy

This event will be live-streamed via Facebook Live. Go to to view the event on April 21 at 12 p.m.

Start Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Start Time: 12:00 pm

End Date:
End Time: 1:00 pm

Department Represented: Social Sciences

Venue Name: Online

Open Year Round:

CTA Text: Livestream via Facebook Live
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