Australia vows to plant one billion trees by 2030

Feb 19, 2019, 6:47 AM EST
(Source: VirtualWolf/flickr)
(Source: VirtualWolf/flickr)

Australia’s track record on climate action hasn’t been flattering, and the country looks on course to make amends. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced the plans to plant 1 billion trees by 2030, an effort that could mop up 18 million tons of greenhouse gases from the environment annually for the next decade.

As part of the bold initiative, Australia will develop nine forestry hubs across different regions, spending nearly $12.5 million AUD, taking a leap forward to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, writes Green Matters.

The announcement comes at a time when a comprehensive analysis found that the planet has space for 1.2 trillion additional trees, suggesting that reforestation could be the most potent weapon against mitigating climate change than any other technique.

Unfortunately, Australia’s biggest companies have been reluctant in acknowledging climate change as a business risk but the government’s move to actively counter emissions with forestation comes as a heartening relief, notes Inquisitr.