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There’s a lot of talk of walls in the US recently, if they actually work, how much they cost, whether or not they’re just a political ploy to demonize an already vulnerable population. You know, architect stuff.
However, there is a wall being built that we can all get behind, a 8,000 km barricade of trees and other vegetation built to bulwark against the spreading desert.
Desertification is a real global problem, it threatens the livelihoods of millions of people and increases likelihood of famines and widespread poverty in these regions. Deserts simply aren’t lucrative for raising animals, crops, or providing sustainable water sources, 1/3 of the world’s landmass is threatened by it.
Desertification is generally caused by over-grazing, climate-change, urban expansion, and other human activities. However, people are biting back, the fight against the desert is underway.
Saplings and other vegetation are being planted to restore devastated areas, add nutrients to the soil, and overall fortify against the winds and loose sands.
About 15% of the wall is completed, 12 million drought-resistant trees have been planted in Senegal, and 15 million hectares of land in Ethiopia have been restored. Collective action is taking place between twenty nations and various NGO supporters to start the “greening” process.
There are some naysayers to the project, but other benefits have arisen. Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Mali farmers along the wall have been “embracing indigenous modifications of traditional agriculture practices.” These traditional agricultural practices, which fell out of use during colonial times, are changing the map. They have improved fuel and food reliability for about 3 million people, are revitalizing communities, and reversing land degradation, all while bringing back indigenous tradition itself.
The plan is to complete the great “Green Wall” by 2030 and when it’s done the creation will be the largest man-made living structure on earth.