People in Africa Are Building the “Great Green Wall” Made From Planted Trees to Help the Planet Survive the Worst
The idea of creating a green wall made of trees dates back to the middle of the last century, first proposed by the English forester and activist, Richard St. Barbe Baker. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that this project actually came to life, and today, we’re starting to see the first results of this initiative.
So far, 40 million hectares of deserted land has been revived, providing an additional 500,000 tonnes of grain per year, which is enough to feed 2.5 million people. If the project continues to develop at this pace, it will offer a lifeline for some of the poorest regions in Africa, breathing life back into the desert.
The Great Green Wall is supposed to extend to 1,927,421,975 billion acres and it is home to 232 million people. Not only will building the Great Green Wall bring life back to many deserted areas in Africa, but it will also help the economy of the 11 countries that it crosses.
Thousands of people are planting trees and are directly engaged in the project via the “Green Jobs” initiative. This is a long-term project and will surely take more than a decade to complete. It will provide job security for the people working on this project, thus reducing migration in Africa.
Once completed, the Great Green Wall will spark multiple positive changes on the African continent including:
The goal is for the Great Green Wall to be finished by the year 2030 and restore 247,105,381 acres of currently deserted land. In order to meet that goal, 10 million hectares will need to be restored each year. And once it’s complete, the Great Green Wall will become the largest living structure on the planet, building a better world for new generations.
3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Green Wall is destined to become the eighth wonder of the world.