Trees At Work: A story of hope

A story of hope: 

Original article found here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/29/ethiopia-plants-250m-trees-in-a-day-to-help-tackle-climate-crisis 

Ethiopia has obliterated the world record for most trees planted, which was originally held by India (50m), by planting a jaw-dropping 353m trees in one day.

The prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, plants a tree in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Aron Simeneh (image courtesy of original article) 
The prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, plants a tree in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Aron Simeneh (image courtesy of original article)

Ethiopia has instilled a national ‘green legacy’ initiative, whereby each citizen in the country is encouraged to plant at least 40 seedlings. Ethiopia is well recognized as a city affected by deforestation, climate change and drought. A legacy such as the above promotes longevity, hope and a healthier environment for the next generation.

Trees hold space for untold benefits, some including the absorption of carbon dioxide, helping with land the prevention of land degradation and providing useful sources of food, cover, fuel, medicinal qualities and materials. 

It is unwise to turn a blind eye to catastrophic change the climate has experienced over the last few years. The planet needs movements such as the above. Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis, the head of the centre for wood science and technology at Edinburgh Napier University, had this to say, “This truly impressive feat is not just the simple planting of trees, but part of a huge and complicated challenge to take account of the short- and long-term needs of both the trees and the people. The forester’s mantra ‘the right tree in the right place’ increasingly needs to consider the effects of climate change, as well as the ecological, social, cultural and economic dimension.”

Change is so effective even when started at home. Have you planted any trees recently? If not, maybe it is time to get planting. 

 

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