Magazine article American Forests

A Billion Trees in Record Time

Magazine article American Forests

A Billion Trees in Record Time

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Five months after it was announced, organizers of a plan to plant a billion trees in 2007 say they've met their pledge goal. That announcement came from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which teamed with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai and HSH Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, to form the Billion Tree Campaign.

The campaign was announced at a UN meeting on climate change last November and commenced in January. "It will take nearly 15 years to add another 1 billion to the human population. But the Billion Tree Campaign has established an extra 1 billion trees to benefit that billion people in a little over 15 weeks. Describing this achievement as remarkable is an understatement," World Agroforestry Centre Director Dennis Garrity told UNEP.

The campaign was inspired by Maathai, a professor and Green Belt Movement environmentalist, who, in addition to making the first pledge of 2 million trees, has staunchly supported the Billion Tree Campaign since its inception. …

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