Conservation International has launched an exciting reforestation project which could see a staggering 73 million trees planted in the Amazon rainforest. Announced at the "Rock in Rio" music fest in Brazil, the project aims to restore the Brazilian Amazon by planting 73 million trees by 2023.
The initiative will be the largest tropical forest restoration project in the world and will serve as part of Brazil's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement target of reforesting 12 million hectares of land by 2030.
In a statement about the project, M. Sanjayan, CEO of CI said:
"The fate of the Amazon depends on getting this right — as do the region’s 25 million residents, its countless species and the climate of our planet."
With the Amazon not only serving as home to 1 in 10 species on Earth, it contributes significantly to regulating our atmosphere, making the reforestation project vital to our future on the planet.
Here's hoping that a new generation of trees, combined with a new generation of humans who understand the importance of conservation will slowly improve the harmful effects of climate change that humans have already wreaked on our planet.