The Great Green Wall is an extraordinary collaborative effort on an unprecedented scale. It transcends geographical, political and cultural divides by uniting people across borders. Through the African Union, more than 20 African countries are involved in the Great Green Wall. This is a movement with an epic ambition to grow a wide belt of trees, vegetation and fertile land across the Sahel*. Originally envisaged as an 8,000km band of trees, this ambitious project is now much more than that, now incorporating communal gardens and nature reserves. It is a beacon of biodiverse and sustainably managed land, providing nutritious food and green jobs for the millions of people living along its path by 2030. The Great Green Wall is bringing Africa’s degraded landscapes back to life and reclaiming the land for people.
We are so excited to support this project and throughout March and April re:earth will be planting trees with 3 projects working to repair and replenish areas along The Great Green Wall. One project in Burkin Faso and 2 projects in Ethiopia.
Why is it important?
The Great Green Wall is one of the most urgent movements of our time. In the Sahel region of Africa people live with the effects of the climate crisis every day. Land is rapidly losing its fertility along with drought and desertification - which currently affects around 45% of Africa’s land. Because of this people can't grow enough food and poverty is increasing.
By supporting the Great Green Wall, we can help local people tackle the devastating effects of the climate crisis and desertification. The restoration of degraded land contributes to all of the UN SDGs, with particular relevance for Goal 15, which aims to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
Stay tuned for our March yoga classes raising money for tree planting.
*The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic realm of transition in Africa between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian savanna to the south.