Ethiopia Plants a Remarkable 350 Million Trees in One Day
As forests around the world continue to shrink, reforestation efforts have begun gaining momentum.
“In a record-breaking day this week, at the Gulele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia launched an [sic] historic tree planting campaign. Over 350 million trees were planted in an ambitious move to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change,” reported the United Nations (U.N.) Environment organization after the historic event.
#Ethiopia began its National Tree Planting compaign to plant 200M trees a day. @UNEnvironment supports the campaign 2 reach 4 billion trees as response to fight land degradation & climate change @SDG2030 #GreenLegacyEthiopia pic.twitter.com/3e91r1f32W
— UN Environment in Africa (@UNEnvironmentAf) July 29, 2019
My parents started a forestry program in #Mojo, 30 years ago during Derg, but today we planted on their land together with the whole nation, and it was one of my parent's proudest moments…and mine.
God bless #Ethiopia #GreenLegacyEthiopia pic.twitter.com/dTUR9DODcy
— Edna Alemayehu (@ednaalemayehu) July 29, 2019
We have planted six trees today at our Embassy chancery for the #GreenLegacyEthiopia record-attempt! 🌳🌳#Ethiopia will plant 200 million trees in 12 hours today and recently reached the halfway mark 💪🏼#PlantYourPrint @PMEthiopia pic.twitter.com/xlWXATCKgP
— Denmark in Addis (@Denmark_Addis) July 29, 2019
“The event is part of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Green Legacy Initiative. It aimed at planting 200 million trees in a single day in 1,000 sites across the country. Prime Minister Ahmed congratulated the country for not only meeting its collective Green Legacy goal but also exceeding it,” the report continued.
Significance of the Initiative
Reversing Climate Change
There are geoengineering techniques in existence which could help reverse the harmful effects of climate change. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) details how human influence has played a significant role in climate change.
“The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia,” NASA continued. “The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century. Their ability to affect the transfer of infrared energy through the atmosphere is the scientific basis of many instruments flown by NASA. There is no question that increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response.”
With massive movements like those in Ethiopia, it’s possible that humanity can start reversing the harm they have caused on the environment. However, with the United States leaving the Paris Climate Accords, it will take a change of political will in the U.S. and other nations for change to take place.