Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
Mexico will plant 18 million trees to fight air pollution
A Citta del Messico è in corso una “riforestazione storica”, come l’ha definita il ministro dell’Ambiente Rafael Pacchiano, per contrastare l’inquinamento atmosferico.
Humans have been relentlessly cutting down trees for centuries, without caring of consequences. But now the cost of such unwary behaviour is clear. Trees are essential for our existence as they store huge quantities of CO2, generate a favourable microclimate, protect soil from drought and erosion, and absorb toxic substances.
The world needs trees
The clearest solution (though it can’t be the only one) to remedy the numerous mistakes made throughout history is trying to restore the planet’s forest cover. This is what many countries are already doing. For instance, Kenya has launched a campaign for planting 20 million trees in the Mount Kenya area, while India has planted 50 million trees in just one day, setting a new Guinness World Record.
Mexico plants 18 million trees
Mexico has announced it will launch a reforestation campaign aimed at planting 18 million trees in Mexico City and its suburbs. The initiative has been called a “historic reforestation” by Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano and has been launched to fight air pollution that afflicts Mexico’s most populous city. Mexico City has introduced limitations to the use of private vehicles earlier in March as a consequence of poor air quality, which registered the highest levels in 14 years.
Limitations to cars
“We aim to reinforce the green belt in the megalopolis by 2018,” said Pacchiano. Moreover, the efforts to reduce air pollution will be supported by traffic limitations on the over 5 million vehicles circulating every year throughout the city. “We also plan to replace 1,000 taxis with hybrid cars,” he added.
A historic win for the Ashaninka of Brazil as they receive compensation for deforestation on their land
On top of a 2.4 million dollar compensation, the indigenous Ashaninka people will receive an official apology from the companies who deforested their lands in the 1980s.
The tapir was reintroduced into Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the country’s most at-risk ecosystem. The species can play a key role in the forest’s recovery.
Forests are home to 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. This year’s International Day of Forests highlights the urgent changes needed to save them.
After a legal battle that lasted two years, Indonesia’s Supreme Court has revoked the permit to mine for coal in the forests of South Kalimantan in Borneo.
The list of human and animal victims of the Australia wildfires keeps growing – one species might already have gone extinct – as the smoke even reaches South America.
Areas where the FARC guerrilla used to hold power in Colombia have faced record deforestation. Farmers cut down trees, burn land and plant grass for cows. Because, “what else can we do for a living here in the Colombian Amazon”? An intimate report from the heart of the felled forest in Caquetá.
Refusing the anthropocentric vision and respecting the laws of ecology is the only way to safeguard the future of our and all other species, Sea Shepherd President Paul Watson argues in this op-ed.
The 2019 edition of International Mountain Day is “Mountains matter for youth”, highlighting the need to bring young people back to highland areas to take care of their cultural and natural resources.