Africa’s The “Great Green Wall” Initiative Might Be The Last Chance For Planet Earth

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We all heard the shocking news about the wildfires in the Amazon rainforest recently that even the media did not cover. The Amazon rainforest is the lungs of our planet and they were burning down without us being able to do anything. Our seas are polluted and so is our air. The land is overpopulated and resources are scarce.

Our planet is on the brink of disaster but there are still certain people trying to help. The “Great Green Wall” initiative is another reminder that there are still people who care about saving our planet and that we can help do it.

1The Great Green Wall

The “Great Green Wall” is an African-led movement to try to save our planet by planting trees. It has been described as an 8,000km natural wonder of the world that spans across the entire continent. The idea is to convert the barren wasteland of Africa into a lush green forest over time.

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2History about the movement

The idea for this movement was first proposed by Richard St. Barbe Baker who is an English forester and activist. He saw the potential of the African plains and knew it could help our planet someday. Unfortunately for him, he passed away in 1982 and could never see his plan come to life.

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3The Man Of The Trees

Richard St. Barbe Baker was a big contributor greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. He founded the “Men of the Trees” organization which was later renamed to the “International Tree Foundation” which is still active even today. He had noted that there was over excess deforestation happening without enough reforestations which is why he had suggested that a reforestation movement in Africa.

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4What the movement is trying to achieve

The main goal of this movement is to plant around 5,000 miles or 8,000km of plants across the African landscape. This will help prevent climate change from getting worse and it will also improve the oxygen levels of the planet. This is a very large project and will take decades to complete.

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5How much have they completed?

The biggest question on people’s mind is that ‘How much have they completed?’ The answer is just 15%. It has been a whole decade and it’s only been done till 15%. The project started in 2007 and now in 2019, we’re finally seeing some results. You have to understand a project of this magnitude will take a very long time to even hit the halfway mark.

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