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Ethiopia Plants Record 350 Million Trees in a Day to Help Tackle Climate Crisis
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51268"><span class="small">Anna Ploszajski, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Monday, 29 July 2019 13:55

Ploszajski writes: "About 350 million trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister."

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed plants a tree in Addis Ababa. (photo: Aron Simeneh)
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed plants a tree in Addis Ababa. (photo: Aron Simeneh)


Ethiopia Plants Record 350 Million Trees in a Day to Help Tackle Climate Crisis

By Anna Ploszajski, Guardian UK

29 July 19


National ‘green legacy’ initiative aims to reduce environmental degradation

bout 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister.

The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings. Public offices have reportedly been shut down in order for civil servants to take part.

The project aims to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. According to the UN, Ethiopia’s forest coverage was just 4% in the 2000s, down from 35% a century earlier.

Ethiopia’s minister of innovation and technology, Dr Getahun Mekuria, tweeted estimates of the number of trees planted throughout the day. By early evening on Monday, he put the number at 353m.

The previous world record for the most trees planted in one day stood at 50m, held by India since 2016.

Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis, the head of the centre for wood science and technology at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “Trees not only help mitigate climate change by absorbing the carbon dioxide in the air, but they also have huge benefits in combating desertification and land degradation, particularly in arid countries. They also provide food, shelter, fuel, fodder, medicine, materials and protection of the water supply.

“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.”

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+3 # ER444 2019-07-29 14:38
HOPE!!!
 
 
+4 # Lgfoot 2019-07-29 22:37
Hooray. If Ethiopia can do this, how many could America plant in a year?
(We need a couple of trillion, to stop Global Warming.
 
 
+4 # ourconstitution.info 2019-07-30 00:38
"The planting is part of a national 'green legacy' initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings. Public offices have reportedly been shut down in order for civil servants to take part."
That's getting it done! Good on Ethiopia!
 
 
+4 # Texas Aggie 2019-07-30 07:15
Now keep them watered.
 
 
+1 # Beevel 2019-07-30 09:12
Yes, it's a waist of time if they don't keep them watered.
 
 
+3 # MikeAF48 2019-07-30 08:56
Excellent job for Ethiopia they are on board to resist climate change. They are aware of what's happening.