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.
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Deforestation is a major issue.
via: GettyAccording 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.
This only adds to the current major climate crisis we're experiencing.
via: ShutterstockThe devastating impacts of global warming and our consistent inability to do anything about it is sending our planet down a very bleak path.
From soaring temperatures to rising sea levels, global warming seems to be hitting the headlines more than ever.
via: ShutterstockIn 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.
Despite stark warnings, many people seem to bury their heads in the sand on the issue.
via: Getty ImagesWorryingly, 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?
He's not the only one who denies its existence.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral "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.
The issue only seems to be escalating.
via: Getty ImagesIf 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...
via: Getty ImagesJust 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.
One of those people is sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, a pioneering climate change activist.
Thank you GQ Magazine for the Game Changer Of The Year - award! #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike… https://t.co/6IR7jTVYP7— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1565716879.0
More people may be listening, but things still need to change.
Facts are facts. #ClimateCrisis https://t.co/iOpl5smiGn— House Democrats (@House Democrats)1567878960.0
While much of the fate of the planet lies in the hands of politics, many climate change activists believe that, as individuals, we can still make a change.
via: Getty ImagesThere 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.
But there are ways in which we can make small changes.
via: Getty ImagesFor 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.
Reducing meat consumption is also a big one...
via: Getty ImagesWhen 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.
Also, planting more trees.
via: Getty ImagesAsia 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.
Recently, Pakistan's efforts have been widely recognized after the "10 Billion Tree Tsunami" went viral.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
And in only a year, the results are amazing.
via: GettyA 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.
People were left speechless.
@aminattock @ImranKhanPTI Mashallah!! This is Naya Pakistan in true sense and spirit.— Shahid Chaudhary (@Shahid Chaudhary)1596186148.0
Others commented that Pakistan's current government is finally implementing change.The environment should be every government's concern.
Others commended the "great work."
@aminattock @ImranKhanPTI Great work..... Sir ! I am from Earth Sciences department and my research is on Arsenic C… https://t.co/OJaxQkoUUA— Abid Usman Khan 🇵🇰 (@Abid Usman Khan 🇵🇰)1596182887.0
This was the area before:
via: TwitterAs you can see, the area is basically deserted, with just soil and dirt all over.
And this is the after picture:
via: TwitterIt 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.
The project also saw other areas of deserted land get a re-vamp.
Some glimpses of Badland stabilization techniques under #10BillionTreeTsunami CPEC Road Hazara. https://t.co/OyTO5SrO8L— Billion Tree Tsunami (@Billion Tree Tsunami)1593019916.0
And finally, we have Kundian Forest, which was started 6 months ago...
#PMIK @ImranKhanPTI promised to transform #Kundian forest - this is the progress in 6 months Mashallah https://t.co/iRCRnqO8bX— Malik Amin Aslam (@Malik Amin Aslam)1595087134.0
Here's the video of the comparison shot of the nature reserve in Pakistan:
Was a treat to visit #BallokiNatureReserve #Lahore after a year - #PMIK @ImranKhanPTI inaugurated this in 2019 as p… https://t.co/mLpclHsuJY— Malik Amin Aslam (@Malik Amin Aslam)1596182267.0