This is a bit of advanced warning about my new book soon to be published. By the light of the Sun: Trees, wood, photosynthesis and climate change is about how, through the miracle of photosynthesis trees and wood, can confront climate change.
The aim of this upcoming book is to detail how to better harness the power of the products of photosynthesis to offset adverse climate change. Specifically this book asserts that trees and forests, plus wood products, will be even more important in assisting to tackle climate change, and in contributing to a sustainable energy and carbon neutral future.
This book will detail how trees and forests will be a critical ingredient in the search for a zero net carbon emissions future. Not only do trees ‘suck’ carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and wood products store it away for decades, but trees have the capacity to be at the centre of a sustainable future for humanity. They will be an essential energy component beyond the end of the fossil fuel era.
The book will advocate the wider utilisation of wood-based products that use less energy in their manufacture, store carbon, and have the capability to restrict the use of high energy materials, like steel and aluminium.
The book will say that the good news is that the most dangerous impacts of climate change may still be avoided if humanity moves fossil fuel-based energy systems towards renewable sources, and increases the use of sustainable materials like wood.
Even though there is much to be worried about climate change-wise, this book is not too despondent. It says that in an increasingly carbon constrained world, trees, forests and wood products are important, not only as carbon ‘sinks’ but as substitutes for more carbon intensive materials and fossil fuels.
I am delighted that the foreword to the book has been written by Dr René Castro Salazar, of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. René is the Assistant Director-General for the new Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department of FAO. Between 1994 and 2014 he held ministerial positions in Costa Rica as Minister of National Resources, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment and Energy. He has also been a Fellow at Harvard University.