Great Green Wall to Combat Climate Change in Africa

By: | October 29th, 2017

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To bring the dry land back to life, Africa is building a green wall that will stretch across the entire continent. Known as Great Green Wall, it involves planting a wall of trees from east to west, spanning 11 countries.

The Great Green Wall is an $8-billion project with an ambition to check the plague of desertification that results in droughts, famines, and poverty throughout this region. The project was initiated in 2007 with the goal to build the largest living structure on the Earth. As envisioned, the wall will be almost 8,000 kilometers (4970 miles) long, 15 kilometers (9 miles) wide, and will stretch from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east.

The progress of this initiative has been remarkable. They are planting acacia trees, as the roots of these trees hold water in the soil and are therefore best suited for deserts. This project is not only bringing the life back to the land but is also bringing greater food security, jobs, and stability to people’s lives.

The objective of this project is to fight back against the impact of climate change. This project gives us the message that if we all unite and work together for saving our Earth, we can definitely make it a better world for generations to come.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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