The initiative seeks to contain the effects of climate change in the world and restore life to the desert.
August was starting and 399 volunteers 27 different countries were ready to reach the remote corner of northern Senegal, Africa, to participate in one of the world's boldest efforts to combat the effects of climate change: reforest 247 million acres of land all over the country.
The Great Green Wall project, led by the African Union and financed by the World Bank, European Union and the United Nations, was launched in 2007 to prevent the expansion of the Sahara by planting a 4,815-mile tree barrier along its southern tip.
But as concerns about the impact of climate change increase, the project seeks a new goal.
The goal now, say its designers, is to transform the lives of millions of people who live on the front lines of climate change, restoring agricultural land ruined by decades of overuse. the project, food will be provided, conflicts will be stopped and migration will be reduced.
When the project is completed in 2030, the restored land is expected to absorb about 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide the atmosphere, the equivalent of keeping all California cars parked for 3 ½ years.
The movement seeks to make the Wall grow: a natural wonder covering a total of 8,000 kilometers across Africa.
"A decade has passed and we have approximately 15% underway, the initiative is already returning lives to degraded landscapes in Africa on an unprecedented scale, providing food security, jobs and a reason to stay in the country." Account the organization on its website.
Once completed, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world, located in Australia.
More than just growing trees and plants, the Great Green Wall is transforming the lives of millions of people in the Sahel region.