Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in one day

July 31, 2019 by  
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Ethiopia broke the world’s tree-planting record by planting more than 350 million trees in just one day. The effort is part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Green Legacy Initiative, which aims to address climate change and deforestation. The goal of the program is to plant more than four billion indigenous trees throughout the country. It has already reportedly planted three billion, and last week’s efforts made significant progress toward meeting the target. Related: Scientists confirm tree planting is our best solution to climate change Some government offices were shut down for the day to allow staff to participate in the planting efforts. Representatives from the United Nations, African Union and foreign embassies also came out to support the event. “We’re halfway to our goal,” the prime minister announced midway through the planting day, and he encouraged Ethiopians to continue the work in the remaining time. He later announced on Twitter they had not only met the “collective #GreenLegacy goal” but exceeded it. The prime minister is hopeful that he can reach his final target if every citizen plants 40 seedlings. The government is running educational videos about planting and maintaining trees to encourage citizens to join in. The biggest concern for young seedlings is grazing by goats and other livestock that would destroy the trees before they have a chance to grow. Ethiopia’s forest cover is alarmingly low and plummeted over the last few decades. At the start of the 20th century, the country had approximately 35 percent forest cover, but that number dropped to just 4 percent in 2000. Over 80 percent of Ethiopians rely on agriculture or forest products for their income. “I think we demonstrated the capacity for people to come together collectively and deliver on a shared vision,” said Billene Seyoum, Ahmed’s press secretary. The previous record for tree planting was held by India, where 66 million trees were planted in one day in 2017. Via CNN and Climate Change News Image via Pixabay

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Pollinate Success: 5 Tips for Planting a Bee Friendly Garden

April 25, 2019 by  
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It’s all over the news — our bee population is … The post Pollinate Success: 5 Tips for Planting a Bee Friendly Garden appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Environmental programs grow a better prison system

January 25, 2018 by  
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Organizations like Planting Justice reduce recidivism and impact on inmates, taxpayers, communities and the environment.

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Illinois Pushes Eco-Friendly Cover Crops

October 8, 2013 by  
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Illinois’ governor announced the start of a three-year demonstration project to encourage the planting of environmentally beneficial cover crops on farm fields in the state.

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SeedTabs Teams Up With Cafes to Sell Seeds to Plant Along Your Morning Commute

May 16, 2013 by  
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California-based company SeedTabs is planning to team up with local cafes and allow customers to buy plant seeds along with their morning java. Customers will be able to sprinkle some seeds and contribute to making the environment greener while sipping their first cup of coffee on their way to work. Read the rest of SeedTabs Teams Up With Cafes to Sell Seeds to Plant Along Your Morning Commute Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drinking coffee , green business , green business California , green initiative , greening up California , morning coffee , plant seeds , planting , planting initiative , planting initiative California , planting your own seed , SeedTabs        

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Mine the Gap: Connecting Water Risks and Disclosure in the Mining Sector

September 15, 2010 by  
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This paper outlines potential water-related risks facing the mining industry and highlights important gaps in water-related disclosure.

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VCs Planting the Seeds for a Cleantech Bumper Crop in L.A.

September 15, 2010 by  
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Research suggests even more can be done to stimulate investment in Los Angeles startups, with one area — cleantech — poised to lead the way if spurred by entrepreneurial drive and public policy.

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How to Grow an Edible School Garden

June 17, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Good Planting, tending, and harvesting a garden teaches young students the value of the soil, the delicacy of plants, and the joy a few hours of dirty work can bring. It can also help supplement those woefully unbalanced school lunches everyone has been talking about . In this vein, Good offers a quick guide to starting an edible school garden…

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Plant it Forward: Bringing Fruit Trees to London

April 22, 2010 by  
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Story by Liz Corcoran, originally published April 2010 on Tonic.com ; Photos courtesy of Lisa Bretherick/The London Orchard Project The London Orchard Project’s pick-your-own ethic is tackling climate change and food security in the city. Thanks to The London Orchard Project, London’s grimy landscape is blossoming

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go native.

January 20, 2010 by  
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March is usually the month when the planting season begins, but if the turning of the new year has you feeling ambitious, why not get a jump on the planning while the iron’s still hot?  If your yard is covered in snow right now, you might be thinking of how to rejuvenate your grass once it melts.  If you live in an arid climate, you might be dreaming of a greener spring and summer.  While splendor may be in the grass, it’s an awfully big draw on natural resources. In the West, 60% of consumed water goes to lawns; in the East, 30%.  The fertilizer used to help your grass grow and the pesticide used to keep it free of critters sinks into the soil where it can contaminate groundwater, while the chemicals that don’t sink in just wash off the grass into the street, where they’re carried down storm drains and into the water system.  Yuck!   This year, consider going native.  Planting native species of plants on your property is a great way to save water and money while cutting back on pollution without cutting back on style or beauty.  Some communities, like those serviced by the Southern Nevada Water Authority even offer rebate programs for residents who make the switch. Traditional landscaping requires lots of changes to the natural environment to be hospitable to the non-native plants — it also requires lots of work to keep those plants irrigated, nourished and trimmed.  Naturescaping (also known as xenoscaping), emphasizes selecting the plant that grows naturally at the site. Since native plants evolved to grow under local conditions, they do not require that the site be changed

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