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New Zealand Is Fighting Climate Change, Planting One Billion Trees

by: Rosie Dalton | 10 months ago | News

Image: trees via New Zealand Geographic. Image source.

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet right now. In the face of widespread mass consumption, a disposable fashion culture and rising global emissions, the environment is now under more pressure than ever before. Which is why New Zealand is fighting climate change by planting one billion new trees. 

While some world leaders continue to rest on their laurels when it comes to climate change – or just downright deny that it exists – New Zealand is fortunately taking a stand. Last year, the NZ government set itself the goal of planting one billion trees by the year 2027. This plan was allocated a budget of $485 million for the first three years, all in the name of alleviating climate change.

According to Te Uru Rākau – which collects data on the One Billion Trees Programme – 148,949,000 trees have been planted as part of the initiative so far. And a further 83,100,000 tree seedlings are expected to be planted in 2019. Trees clean the air, water, and soil, as well as preventing soil erosion, and providing food and shelter for birds and animals.

While they are not perfect, initiatives like this do make sense, considering recent reports show that most people want to see faster action on climate change from our global leaders. But it is not enough, of course, to simply plant trees without first addressing the underlying cause of our climate crisis.

So, it is with this in mind that we can all resolve to buy less and buy better; to lobby local governments to take action; and to make small shifts within our own homes and lifestyles as well. After all, it is only through collective action that we can really help save Mother Earth.

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