The #GreatGreenWall aims to restore 100 million hectares of currently degraded land, sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon and create 10 million jobs in rural areas. (by 2030)
👉 46% of African land is degraded, jeopardizing the livelihoods of nearly two-thirds of the Continent’s population.
👉 20 million people in the Horn of Africa in 2017 declared on the verge of starvation following severe drought and food crises.
👉 Millions are expected to migrate from degraded parts of Africa in the next two decades
👉 100 million population of the Sahel is expected to grow to 340 million by 2050
👉 200 million of the 375 million young people entering the job market over the next 15 years will be living in rural areas.
Results so far:
🌴 12 million drought resistant trees were planted in Senegal
🌵 15 million hectare of degraded land were restored in Ethiopia; 5 million in Nigeria
🌳 5 million hectares of land have been restored in Niger, delivering 500.000 tonnes of grain per year. enough to feed 2.5 million people
🌱 3 million hectares in Burkina Faso have been rehabilitated through local practice used by communities called Zaï
The 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals are 17 Goals adopted by world leaders that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, and protect the planet.
Growing a green wall across the #Sahel does much more than just restore degraded land. This extraordinary initiative fights #poverty and #hunger, builds local resilience to #ClimateChange, improves health and well-being, creates jobs, boosts economic opportunities and much much more.
The goals the wall supports:
1. End Poverty: The GGW ensures sustainable jobs in agriculture.
2. End Hunger: The wall doesn't just consist of trees, but also sustainable farming.
3. Ensure Healthy Lives: The wall provides healthy food and water and protects against droughts and famine.
4. Ensure Inclusive Education: The wall creates income for rural communities, which is, among other things, used to build schools.
5. Achieve Gender Equality: The wall provides jobs for women. Also it raises the groundwater meaning people don't have to go so far to find a filled well, which is traditionally the women's job.
6. Ensure Sustainable Water Management: Healthy Forests raise the ground water and even attract rain. A healthy soil also cleans the water.
7. Ensure Sustainable Energy: Some of the funds go directly into creating solar plants. The combination of solar energy and farming is genius. The solar panels provide shade for the plants and the plants cool the panels to make them more efficient.
8. Ensure Sustainable Work: restoring soil means restoring jobs and not just in agriculture.
9. Build Resilient Infrastructure: By creating sustainable jobs roads and other infrastructure that is being built will be used for a long time and not degrade after it's no longer needed.
10. Reduce Inequality: The GGW provides well paying jobs mainly in rural areas and for poor people.
12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption & Production: The GGW provides training for sustainable farming techniques.
13. Combat Climate Change: by 2030 the wall aims to sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon.
15. Protect Terrestrial Ecosystems: Forests restore the soil and increase biodiversity.
16. Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: Most of the conflicts in the region are about scarce resources like water and food.
17. Strengthen the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: The GGW is a global project with many different countries and institutions working together for a common goal.
3 Ways to support the #GreatGreenWall:
1. Make it famous.
Tell everybody you know about the GGW, post about it on social media, ask your local newspaper to do a report on it, ask your government to support it, if they don't already do.
2. Sign the pledge or donate on the website:
3. Support initiatives that work with the great green wall.
#Ecosia is one such initiative. If you know of any others please post them below.
#Ecosia - the search engine that plants trees
Ecosia is a search engine that donates most of it's income to #reforestation projects all over the world.
It is not only #CO2 neutral, but actually climate positive. They run on 200% renewable energy and every search request removes 1kg of CO2 from the atmosphere.
According to the website as of today they planted 120,2 million trees.
But they aim much higher.
Help the project by making Ecosia your default search engine across all devices. Tell your family and friends to do the same and help them if they need it.
What do you have to bear in mind when considering supporting a #forestation project?
1. Don't support mono-cultures
This is very important. #MonoCultures are not helpful in regenerating the soil, attracting water, increasing biodiversity and they are not as effective ecosystems at sucking #CO2 out of the air as mixed forests.
2. Support long-term projects
If a project plants trees and then cuts them down after they have grown to full size that is not helping anything. Make sure the project commits to protecting and fostering the forest for a long time.
3. Make sure indigenous people are included.
Conservation areas protect nature from any human influence, which includes indigenous people. But practice has shown, that forestation projects are more efficient if indigenous people are included, their knowledge is used and they can use and care for the land. Also it's only just to support indigenous people. #NatureNeedsJustice.
4. Support respected projects.
Make sure the project you want to support is not all talk, but can also provide proof that they actually do what they say.
Check what certificates they have, if they won any sustainability awards and what newspaper articles write about them.
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