What is the ‘Great Wall of Trees’ being planted in Africa? We have the info!

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The Great Green Wall will consist of 8000km of trees across the entire width of Africa, to transform millions of lives living on the frontline of climate change


Africa is showing the greatest signs of climate change across the globe. The continent has much higher than normal temperature spikes and the rate of deforestation, drought and famine is higher than ever.

A solution to help fight all these elements has been developed and it only going need trees. The idea of planting a tree wall that spans across the top part of Africa is said to help fight a number of problems currently present in Africa. Once complete, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet, 3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.

The project has spanned over the last decade and has already seen 15% of the trees planted. The project was launched in 2007 and has already improved food security, jobs and stability. The trees planted by man have drawn in new life and started showing promise for the future of the project.

“The Great Green Wall is taking root in Africa’s Sahel region, at the southern edge of the Sahara desert – one of the poorest places on the planet.

More than anywhere else on Earth, the Sahel is on the frontline of climate change and millions of locals are already facing its devastating impact. Persistent droughts, lack of food, conflicts over dwindling natural resources, and mass migration to Europe are just some of the many consequences.

Yet, communities from Senegal in the West to Djibouti in the East are fighting back.”

The Great Green Wall will become a world wonder and a model for success in turning around climate change with active participation.

You can watch the video below which explains how the wall is already making changes.

Sources:  Great Green Wall
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Tyler Vivier
Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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