URBAN TREE CANOPY: “What the economy really needs is more trees” – Ross Gittins, the Sydney Morning Herald’s economics editor

What the economy really needs more of: trees

“I think the first economist must have been named Horatio. He’s the one who had to be reminded there were more things in heaven and earth than dreamt of in his model,” wrote Ross Gittins, Economics Editor, in his column published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, whereas trees breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen – making them useful things to have around when we have a problem with excess carbon emissions.

“But trees do far more for us than help with our greenhouse problem. For a start, they cheer us up.”

About Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins is an Australian political and economic journalist and author, known for “his ability to make dry, hard-to-understand economics and economic policy relevant”.

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