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Ethiopia plants 350m trees in a day to help tackle climate crisis

National ‘green legacy’ initiative aims to reduce environmental degradation

The prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, plants a tree in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Aron Simeneh

Published on The Guardian website on the 29th July 2019

About 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister.

The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings. Public offices have reportedly been shut down in order for civil servants to take part.

The project aims to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. According to the UN, Ethiopia’s forest coverage was just 4% in the 2000s, down from 35% a century earlier.

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Climate Change Petition Call

By Ray Cobbett, from Havant Friends of the Earth
Published in the Portsmouth News on the 6th July 2019

 

The Town and Country Planning Association recently highlighted the importance of local councils in galvanising cross-community action to coordinate the response to climate change in their areas.

Almost 100 local authorities from Bristol to Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Winchester and Hampshire County Council have either declared climate emergencies or are debating whether to do so.

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Avoid black plastic food packaging – and the 16 other essential rules of effective recycling

 If you’re not being asked to separate your own recycling, you have a problem. Photograph: photka/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Published on The Guardian website on the 2nd July 2018
Story by Linda Geddes

Do you have to wash your tins before recycling them? Are glass milk bottles better than plastic? Do you need to use a bag for life, for life? All your questions about staying eco without it becoming a burden.

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