Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours

By Sharif Paget and Helen Regan, CNN

(CNN)Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record.

The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Millions of Ethiopians across the country were invited to take part in the challenge and within the first six hours, Ahmed tweeted that around 150 million trees had been planted.
“We’re halfway to our goal,” he said and encouraged Ethiopians to “build on the momentum in the remaining hours.” After the 12-hour period ended, the Prime Minister took to Twitter again to announce that Ethiopia not only met its “collective #GreenLegacy goal,” but exceeded it.
A total of 353,633,660 tree seedlings had been planted, the country’s minster for innovation and technology, Getahun Mekuria, tweeted.
Monday’s challenge had encouraged citizens in Africa’s second most populous nation to plant 200 million trees in one day. In 2017, India set the world record when around 1.5 million volunteers planted 66 million in 12 hours.
Ethiopia’s goal for the whole season is even bigger than that; the national tree planting campaign aims to plant 4 billion trees during “the rainy season” — between May and October — according to a May tweet by Ahmed.
According to Farm Africa, an organization working on reforestation efforts in East Africa and helping farmers out of poverty, less than 4% of Ethiopia’s land is forested, compared to around 30% at the end of the 19th century.
The landlocked country is also suffering from the effects of climate crisis, with land degradation, soil erosion, deforestation, and recurrent droughts and flooding exacerbated by agriculture. Eighty percent of Ethiopia’s population depends on agriculture as a livelihood.
In 2017, Ethiopia joined more than 20 other African nations in pledging to restore 100 million hectares of land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative.
A recent study estimated that restoring the world’s lost forests could remove two thirds of all the planet-warming carbon that is in the atmosphere because of human activity.
The study, carried out by researchers at Swiss university ETH Zurich, calculated that restoring degraded forests all over the world could capture about 205 billion tons of carbon in total. Global carbon emissions are around 10 billion tons per year.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. The political incompetence of the Oromo government of Abiy Ahmed has been clear to many who cheered it just a year ago. Those who put the country on the developmental and stability trajectory and were building the country were only demonized because of their Tigray background. They are called by different degrading names and given all the negative labels. The Oromos specially owe a lot to them because they brought them the new ideas of freedom and self-governance. Tree planting is just a stunt to to sway attention from the incompetent Oromo government of Abiy Ahmed.

  2. Ethiopian population census count was postponed for the third time due to “security” concerns.

    Many say the forestation of City of Addis Ababa and city of Dire Dawa surroundings is given more especial attention so that Querro Oromos live in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa surrounding forests by receiving Addis Ababa’s and Dire Dawa’s ID cards they can vote with.

  3. Excellent news!!! Man is the main culprit that scarred the landscape that used to lush with green flora and it the same mankind job to rehab it to its former glory. This endeavor deserves nothing but praise and encouragement. I hope this will grow up to be a nationwide event on yearly basis or on fixed time table such as once in two or three years. Now the question that came to me is who is gonna look after these newly planted trees to make sure they have taken roots? Who is gonna protect them from that goat?

  4. AFTER THE MESS TPLF CREATED AND DESPITE DIVIDING US AND LOOTING THE STATE TREASURY THERE ARE STILL FEW TIGREANS WHO THINK THEY ARE SAVIORS AND CLAIM TO UNDERSTAND US BETTER THAN WE DO OURSELVES!!! See quotes below:

    “The political incompetence of the Oromo government of Abiy Ahmed has been clear to many who cheered it just a year ago. Those who put the country on the developmental and stability trajectory and were building the country were only demonized because of their Tigray background.” ~ Senay Hagos (in Satenaw, July 30, 2019)

    July 29, 2019 (ሐምሌ ፪፪ ፪ሺ፩፩) will mark a special place in Ethiopian history; throughout Ethiopia, Ethiopians will place their fingerprints on their respective locales by planting trees. The concept and practice of the metaphoric “fingerprints” was first initiated by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi when he put the cornerstone for the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and said, “All Ethiopians must put their fingerprints in the construction of the Dam.” Ever since, “fingerprints” has become a buzzword for any initiative and/or development projects in Ethiopia. ~ Ghelawdewos Araia (in Ethiopian Observer)

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