TEDxAberystwyth 2018 speaker
Ru Hartwell is a maverick forester from Mid-Wales, who has been planting trees to remove carbon from the atmosphere since 1983, at which time he was sometimes referred to as ‘that climate change nutter up in the mountains’. He helped to set up the national reforestation charity, Size of Wales and currently runs the Community Carbon Link, a forestry project connecting Wales and Kenya that has so far put in 3/4 million trees. In 2006 he was the first person to come up with the concept of planting trees to absorb air travel emissions so has some familiarity with the controversy surrounding ‘carbon offsets’. He believes that if we can shift our conception of what trees are, we can unleash their tremendous absorptive potential and so take advantage of our biggest ally in the battle to stop the planet overheating.