Yes you heard me right. That is over 350,000,000 tree seedlings or just about 30,000,000 million tree seeds an hour. How is that even possible? Hold on a second while my mind catches up.
Why would anyone want to accomplish what seems like an impossible task?
Scientists agree that the most effective way to help combat the effects of our CO2 emmissions is to plant 1 trillion trees. It looks like Ethiopia wants to lead in this effort.
According to Aljazeera recently posted,
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ambitious Green Legacy Initiative, launched in May, aims to plant four billion trees across Ethiopia by October.
To date, almost 2.6 billion trees have been planted in the East African nation.
Ethiopia, and along with 20 other African nations have banded together to commit action for a greener future.
Ethiopia has been dealing with an increased deforestation problem due to the rapidly increasing population and need for increased farmland.
One-third of the country was covered by forestation at the beginning of the 20th century, however, by 2000 the coverage dropped down to 4%. The drop correlates with Ethiopia’s increasing population, as the number of people living in the country has quadrupled since 1960, reaching over 100 million.
Ethiopians have banded together and proven that combining all their efforts, exponentially increases their output. A lot of people doing just a little. Their efforts will be appreciated by future generations.