The Laudato Tree – Great Green Wall project was launched in Roscommon Town on Wednesday by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughton, who talked about the planting of fourteen trees to represent Ireland and the thirteen African countries involved in the project.
The project is an environmental initiative between Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa to combat the effects of climate change which is increasing desertification across the Sahel, a region to the south of the Sahara Desert.
Planting a Great Green Wall of trees 8,000km long and 15km deep, through 13 countries from Senegal to Djibouti will prevent soil degradation and erosion, sequester carbon from the air as well as directly help dozens of local communities.
The project, which was first launched by President Michael D. Higgins in March, takes its inspiration from the Laudato Si encyclical of Pope Francis. Tree planting is already well advanced in Ghana and Burkina Faso where dozens of local communities are directly benefitting.
For more information, check out www.greatgreenwall.org.