Reforestation and the Trillion Trees initiative

Statement from Ranjit Baxi, Founding President of the Global Recycling Foundation

30 January 2020

“Last week, at the World Economic Forum (WEF), U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his country will join the Trillion Trees initiative, which aims to grow, restore and conserve one trillion trees around the world. The project, which has already received support from several countries such as India, Ethiopia, Australia, Pakistan, and Colombia, aims to unite governments, organizations, businesses and individuals in the fight to restore biodiversity and combat the climate emergency.

“It is vital that we all work together to address the climate emergency, and it is particularly important that major nations commit their support in the fight for a greener future. Reforestation projects such as this are exceedingly important; as well as capturing carbon from the atmosphere, they also reduce air pollution, foster biodiversity, provide cleaner water and encourage rainfall. The Global Recycling Foundation applauds this drive for reforestation, promoting the movement for clean air and a clean environment.

“We now need all world leaders to use this project as a springboard for further change and continue to recognize the critical importance of reforestation. If we are to mitigate the climate emergency’s catastrophic effects, we need to ensure that this is just the first step in the drive for widespread climate action.”

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