Over the past two years, Pakistanis have planted 1 billion trees in the Khyber Pakhtunkhaw province. As a result, they have restored an impressive 350 hectares of forests and degraded land.
Imran Khan is the leader of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He has spearheaded the “Billion Tree Tsunami” campaign and as a result Pakistanis can now be proud of their efforts to stem the rate of deforestation. The campaign was part of The Bonn Challenge – which was established by The International Union for Conservation of Nature. The challenge aimed to restore 150 million hectares of forest by 2020. Pakistan was one of 20 countries who signed up for the challenge and they have already surpassed their target, way ahead of schedule.
The threat of climate change motivated the tree planters in Pakistan to act immediately. There have been a number of violent floods that have ripped through the heart of the communities in Pakistan. Planting trees helps to sustain the river and provides a barrier which diminishes the damage caused by floods. This is a great achievement in Pakistan and if the trend continues, the ecosystem will see a revival in certain areas.
Pakistan are taking the fate of the future into their own hands and working hard to restore their lands. This “Billion Tree Tsunami” campaign is a step in the right direction. We may not be able to reverse all the damages of climate change, but we can certainly do our bit to re-birth a better world.
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