In times when the consequences of climate change are getting bigger with each passing minute, projects like the Great Green Wall give us a ray of hope for the future. The goal of this African-led initiative is to grow nearly 5,000 miles (8,000 km) across the entire continent, potentially stop climate change, prevent the desert from spreading, and improve the lives of millions of people who live in those regions.
With the Great Green Wall already being 15% complete and bringing life to deserted areas like never before, we are super-optimistic about our odds against the battle with climate change, and we can’t wait to share all the details about this amazing story with you.
The idea of creating a green wall made of trees dates back to the middle of the last century, first proposed by the English forester and activist, Richard St. Barbe Baker. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that this project actually came to life, and today, we’re starting to see the first results of this initiative.
So far, 40 million hectares of deserted land has been revived, providing an additional 500,000 tonnes of grain per year, which is enough to feed 2.5 million people. If the project continues to develop at this pace, it will offer a lifeline for some of the poorest regions in Africa, breathing life back into the desert.
The Great Green Wall is supposed to extend to 1,927,421,975 billion acres and it is home to 232 million people. Not only will building the Great Green Wall bring life back to many deserted areas in Africa, but it will also help the economy of the 11 countries that it crosses.
Thousands of people are planting trees and are directly engaged in the project via the “Green Jobs” initiative. This is a long-term project and will surely take more than a decade to complete. It will provide job security for the people working on this project, thus reducing migration in Africa.
Once completed, the Great Green Wall will spark multiple positive changes on the African continent including:
- A resolution to desertification problems, land degradation, and drought
- The rehabilitation of about 8,687 square miles of degraded land in the dry regions for agricultural purposes
- The creation of more sustainable ecosystems of the Saharan and Sahel areas through natural resources like water, soil, vegetation, and fauna
- A sequestering of 250 million tons of carbon, effectively combating climate change and air pollution.
- A drastic improvement in living conditions by creating 10 million jobs in poor regions
- Food security for 20 million people who suffer from hunger each year
The goal is for the Great Green Wall to be finished by the year 2030 and restore 247,105,381 acres of currently deserted land. In order to meet that goal, 10 million hectares will need to be restored each year. And once it’s complete, the Great Green Wall will become the largest living structure on the planet, building a better world for new generations.
3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Green Wall is destined to become the eighth wonder of the world.
Do you think that the Great Green Wall is going to bring life back to Africa? Is this the key to our battle against climate change? Let us know what you think in the comment section.