Tree Book Tip: John Leary’s “One Shot: Trees as Our Last Chance for Survival”

One Shot part of book cover
John Leary - One Shot Book

“One Shot: Trees as Our Last Chance for Survival” by John Leary explores the critical role of trees and sustainable agriculture in addressing global challenges such as desertification, water scarcity, hunger, poverty, climate change, and forced migration.

Drawing on fifteen years of humanitarian work, Leary argues that the restoration of agricultural lands with a diverse combination of trees and crops is essential to reverse the negative impacts on people and the environment.

An example of a food forest in Senegal by Trees for the Future

The book takes readers on a journey from the peanut fields of Africa to the corn fields of America, connecting seven of the world’s most pressing challenges to farming practices.

Leary advocates for the revival of forest gardens as a core agricultural solution, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between trees and crops.

He contends that strategically planting trees in ways that benefit smallholder farmers, such as creating food gardens, can discourage deforestation.

These forest gardens store water, improve soil quality, and serve as natural fences, providing incentives for keeping trees in the ground.

Leary’s work with communities on the verge of collapse informs his perspective, highlighting the need for collaborative efforts to rebuild deteriorating food systems and ecosystems.

The book underscores the urgency of taking action, presenting trees as humanity’s last chance for survival.

The author proposes that by investing in education and funding, organizations like Trees for the Future can support sustainable tree planting projects that address the root causes of deforestation and promote environmental conservation.

Reason why we chose for Trees for the Future as a supported project

Reading the book and its convincing case to combine agricultural practices with tree planting, is one of the reasons why Search For Trees chose to work with Trees for the Future as a supported tree project.

The book serves as a call to action, urging readers to recognize the interconnectedness of agricultural practices with broader global challenges and advocating for the implementation of sustainable solutions for the betterment of both people and the planet.

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