The Great Green Wall in Africa • Earth.com

Last update: December 7th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency shows the progress of the Great Green Wall, a project which will transform the lives of millions of people by restoring degraded land in Africa.

The initiative aims to plant a line of trees along the border of the African desert, ultimately restoring 100 million hectares of land by 2030.

Once the project is complete, the wall of trees will be the largest living structure on the planet. It will stretch across 20 countries, sequester 250 million tons of carbon, and create 10 million green jobs.

Since 2007, almost 12 million trees have been planted and 25,000 hectares of land have been restored in Senegal alone.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

 

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