One of the most talked-about topics today is the state of our planet.
The human race hasn’t been very kind to the planet, and we are finally starting to notice the side effects. The Ozone layer has cracks in it, over half of the Great Barrier Reef has died and different animal species are going extinct up to 10,000 times faster than the natural rate.
One of the major forms of man-made destruction is deforestation, but parts of Asia are taking the problem into their own hands. Pakistan is the latest country to do just that by creating an initiative “10 Billion Tree Tsunami” and it has completely transformed their country.
Keep scrolling for the full video…
According to National Geographic, “forests cover about 30 percent of the planet’s landmass, but humans are cutting them down, clearing these essential habitats on a massive scale.”
Not to mention limiting the speed at which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere.
The devastating impacts of global warming and our consistent inability to do anything about it is sending our planet down a very bleak path.
In the wake of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters last year, The UN warned that we have just twelve years to limit climate change and prevent global warming from exceeding the maximum of 1.5C.
Worryingly, our very own president, Donald Trump, is one of those people, who continually deny that global warming is even a thing in the first place.
And, if this is what our political leaders believe, then what chance do we have?
Several “climate deniers” believe that the rapid rising temperatures is simply a result of the earth’s “natural cycle,” just like the ice age.
Although this has since been proven wrong after experts established that the climate change that we are experiencing is on a scale that far exceeds temperature fluctuations during the last 2 millennia.
If the future of our planet wasn’t looking bleak enough, experts have now shattered the “we’ve got twelve years left” to act theory, claiming that political steps to enable the cuts in carbon need to take place before the end of next year, otherwise we will be in a very dire situation.
There is some hope, though…
Just because many of the world’s political leaders are failing to recognize the significance of the climate change crisis, it doesn’t mean that other people aren’t.
In fact, there’s a huge number of climate change activists who have been taking the world by storm, aiming to widen the conversation surrounding global warming and offer ways in which we can make a difference for the sake of our planet.
The teen has drawn in praise from many for raising awareness over the risks posed by climate change while holding politicians to account.
Known for her matter-of-fact manner of weighing into the issue, Thunberg has somewhat become the face of the modern climate change movement.
July was the hottest month ever recorded by humans in history across Europe, highlighting the urgency to act.
There are many reasons attributing to climate change, with fast-fashion and agriculture being the main 2 culprits that are having the biggest effect on the planet.
For example, since the increased media coverage on the issue of the fast-fashion industry, and the detrimental contribution it has to climate change, it seems logical to be selective about where and how often we buy clothes. AKA buying second hand, from sustainable brands, or just not as often.
When Cowspiracy aired on Netflix in 2015, it was the first time the world was introduced to the idea that the meat and dairy industries were really bad for the environment.
So, naturally, in the wake of the so-called climate crisis, people are being urged to go vegan, or if that’s too much, going vegetarian, or simply just reducing meat consumption, in particular, red meat.
Asia seems to be leading the way when it comes to this particular field, with countries like the Philippines and Pakistan taking the issue very seriously.
The initiative aims to plant 10 billion trees within 5 years, and also includes increasing forest area, rehabilitating degraded forests, protecting green areas and its wildlife and providing extra jobs in order to complete all the objectives.
A video of the changes to the area was uploaded to Twitter after 350,000 hectares of trees were planted, social media users were left shocked at the drastic differences.
This user commented that this is Pakistan’s “true spirit.”
The environment should be every government’s concern.
The compliments are well deserved.
As you can see, the area is basically deserted, with just soil and dirt all over.
It doesn’t even look like it’s the same place, but this is the Balloki Nature Reserve in Lahore, Pakistan after a year’s worth of planting trees and greenery.
Wow, the differences are simply astonishing.
And look at the amazing progress in such a short space of time.
Pakistan joins a number of other successful tree-planting projects, including Ethiopia’s record-breaking campaign that saw 350 million saplings planted in twelve hours.
We just can’t wait to see the full set of results at the end of 5 years.
In the meantime, keep scrolling for small but significant ways you can help make a difference…