Daily Archives: February 23, 2021

What If the Sahara Desert Was Covered With Solar Panels?

What If

Feb 3, 2019

In a world exhausted of fossil fuels, solar panels can provide a sustainable solution to our energy problems. But they also come with a couple of issues: for one, solar farms are massive, and they have to be set up somewhere that gets a lot of sunlight. Now, if only we had a large mass of unused land that gets guaranteed sunlight everyday… Could we cover an entire desert in solar panels? Would that be enough to power the entire world? What kind of problems could we run into?
Transcript and sources: https://insh.world/tech/what-if-we-co…

earthrise – The Great Green Wall

Al Jazeera English

Sep 30, 2011

The Sahara is creeping into the verdant southern Africa. To counter desertification, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States has launched the Great Green Wall, a project to create a tree belt across the continent coast to coast through 11 countries. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people’s lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a ‘voice to the voiceless.’ Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 countries across the globe, our viewers trust Al Jazeera English to keep them informed, inspired, and entertained. Our impartial, fact-based reporting wins worldwide praise and respect. It is our unique brand of journalism that the world has come to rely on. We are reshaping global media and constantly working to strengthen our reputation as one of the world’s most respected news and current affairs channels.

What If We Terraformed the Sahara Desert?

What If

May 28, 2019

#AmazonFires​ In an effort to fight climate change, the Sahara Desert could be going green… literally. Plans are being made to terraform the entire Sahara desert; changing it from a dry, barren landscape to a lush green space. If successful, the transformation could remove 7.6 billion tons of atmospheric carbon yearly. How could we change the nature of such a vast, isolated landscape?
Transcript and sources: https://insh.world/science/what-if-we…
Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates http://www.ontariocreates.ca

Senegal’s massive reforestation project

DW Africa

Dec 20, 2020

Senegalese farmers along the Casamance River delta have been planting millions of mangrove buds to reforest the region. After decades of clearing the forests for firewood, saltwater has intruded into the delta, turning farmland into barren fields. Mangrove forests are a natural barrier against saltwater, host diverse ecosystems, and slow desertification. They also absorb significant amounts of carbon. The huge reforestation project has many partners, and forms part of the Great Green Wall initiative to halt desertification and soil erosion in the Sahel.

Why this retired farmer plants trees | Regenerative Agriculture in Spain


Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees: https://ecosia.co/info​

Find out more about Ecosia’s tree-planting project in Spain:

Farmer Manuel is over 60 years old and fully retired, yet he continues to plant trees. Not for himself, but for future generations. He remembers how rich the landscapes of his home region once were — now he feels it’s his turn to give back to nature and to those coming after him.

Thanks to follower Druidward for noticing:
At 4:15​, the translation is wrong. He said: “[…] we have a book of 70 PAGES on practices of regenerative agriculture.” , not “70 PRACTICES”.
Produced by Fátima González-Torres (IG: @fatilugonzalevic)
Editing & post-production by Sina Samavati (IG: @sinasamavati)
Motion graphics & animation by Sina Samavati
Writing by Fátima González-Torres
Cinematography by Shane Thomas McMilan (@dokumentarian)

Make Ecosia your default search engine to plant trees while you search the web: https://ecosia.co/install​

Make Ecosia your default search engine to plant trees while you search the web: https://ecosia.co/install

How 50 million trees have changed the world


Premiered Feb 13, 2019
Back in 2014, we planted one tree per minute in Burkina Faso. Today, we’re planting a new tree every second across 21 reforestation projects across the planet. And thanks to you, we’ve now planted 50 million trees in total.

These trees have absorbed 2.5 million tonnes of toxic CO2 from our atmosphere. But they are doing so much more. They are creating a habitat for chimpanzees in Uganda. In the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, they stop the desert from moving south. They are restoring water supplies and soil fertility in Peru. And they are providing more dependable, diverse and plentiful harvests to smallholder farmers around the world.

That’s why 50 million trees matter. Thank you for joining us on this journey. We’re just getting started.

Produced by Joshi Gottlieb (IG: @joshigot) and Shane Thomas McMillan (@dokumentarian)
Editing & post-production by Sina Samavati (IG: @sinasamavati)
Motion graphics & animation by Sina Samavati
Writing by Joshi Gottlieb and Shane Thomas McMillan
Cinematography by Shane Thomas McMillan and agency footage
Make Ecosia your default search engine to plant trees while you search the web: https://ecosia.co/install​

Make Ecosia your default search engine to plant trees while you search the web: https://ecosia.co/install

Tree Aid and the Great Green Wall

Tree Aid

Nov 4, 2020

Temperatures are getting hotter. Weather is becoming more erratic. For communities in dryland Africa, that means crop failure, less food, and less income. But your support could empower families living on the frontline of the climate crisis to change their future through the power of trees. The Great Green Wall is an African-led ambition to grow 8,000km of trees across the Sahel. Each tree grown offers a lifeline to those who rely on the land. Find out more at https://www.treeaid.org/blogs-updates…

The Great Green Wall program : 10 years later, where are we ?”

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Over 45,000 hectares have re-greened in Senegal. This has led to an increase in animal biodiversity and soil fertility. The benefits are very positive and Klorane Botanical Foundation strongly continues its commitment. https://www.kloranebotanical.foundati…

Baobab & The Great Green Wall of Africa – Aduna


Feb 23, 2020

Aduna is helping to grow The Great Green Wall: a ground-breaking initiative led by the African Union to build and preserve an 8,000km wall of trees across the African Sahel. The Sahel, where Aduna’s baobab fruit supply chain is based, is one of the world’s poorest regions. People rely on the land to survive but climate change is causing desertification, making it impossible for communities to grow crops and earn a living. Learn how we, together with our local partners ORGIIS, have transformed baobab from an under-utilised resource to a lifeline for local communities. And discover the crucial role Baobab has to play in The Great Green Wall – creating sustainable livelihoods, reversing the effects of climate change and providing communities with a reason to stay.
Find out more at https://aduna.com
or https://www.greatgreenwall.org​.

The Great Green Wall of Africa: Will it help fight climate change? BBC Newsnight

BBC Newsnight

Aug 11, 2017

Climate change poses huge challenges and some projections say it will cause hundreds of millions to become refugees. Desertification in sub-Saharan Africa plays a big part of that, and that in turn feeds into Europe’s unfolding migrant crisis. Inna Modja is a Malian singer and activist who has been to Senegal for Newsnight to witness a pan-African initiative, the Great Green Wall. It aims to improve livelihoods in the Sahel region, reverse desertification, and break the cycle of exodus.