We’re planting 20 trees in the desert by the end of 2022. That’s about one-fourth of the trees we would plant in the desert-forest area. And that’s just the start. By the end of 2022, we will have planted more trees in the desert than have existed there for thousands of years. We’re going to need a lot more trees in the desert to make it hospitable.
So why are we doing this? We’re doing it because scientists tell us that desert plants need more moisture and nutrients than ever before in order to grow. The process they use to do that is called soil erosion. And the planting of more trees in the desert to restore the process is going to help prevent desertification.
Are Other Humans Trying to Plant More Trees?
More trees are being planted in urban and suburban areas. Urban planners are going green. They’re thinking of ways to create green spaces within cities so that people don’t have to drive too far to get to a park or to a store. Like having “green roofs” installed on the roofs of these buildings so people can enjoy green spaces and fresh vegetables at their home or building.
In addition, planting trees is helping save energy in many ways. If we can encourage more trees to grow in desert areas, then we’re reducing our use of fossil fuels. That means less greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and a healthier planet. It also means that we’ll be able to provide for a greater number of those who live below the poverty line and who require more healthful lifestyles.
We have a responsibility to those who live in the desert. And that means that we need to stop desertification at its source. That means making sure that planting 20 trees and plants will actually thrive. Not just planting something here and not taking care of it or caring about the desert ranges.
What Do We Need To Do
We need to start thinking of desertification as a problem. And that means focusing on solutions like improving water and energy sources and rethinking the way land is used. We have a limited amount of natural resources, and that limitedness means that we must think of new ways to conserve them. That means planting more trees and more plants.
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