Cody, an anthropologist and environmentalist, bought a plot of land destroyed by wildfire in 2002 After a huge wildfire killed a forest in San Diego, California, in 2002, Cody Petterson set his heart on replanting the trees. As a child, he had happily played and hiked among these statuesque conifers, which provide shelter to black bears and black-tailed deer. By the age of 37, he wanted to do his bit to conserve and repair the land. But in the six years since he began, California has experienced severe drought , which scientists link to global warming, and 650 of Cody’s 750 seedlings died. Cody’s emotional account of surveying his dying trees struck a chord with thousands of people on social media when it was posted on Earth Day, in April. Cody Petterson grew about 750 seedlings, keeping the infant trees in his garden before planting them out "I think of all the love I’ve put into saving that forest, all the years, all the thousands of hours, all the thought, and worry, and hope, and faith," he wrote. "I felt despair for the world I’ve known and loved." ‘Early indicator of climate change’ Globally, human activity is putting one […]

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