Concern Worldwide has planted over 1.5 million trees in Ethiopia over the past two years to reduce the suffering caused by the effects of climate change.
The international aid organisation, which has been in Ethiopia since 1973, planted 1,549,819 trees, or an average of over 2,100 a day, in 2018 and 2019 in areas of the country devastated by droughts, floods and other severe weather events.
The project, supported with funding from Irish Aid, is improving soil quality, providing food, jobs and helping to reverse the effects of climate change.
Concern staff also took part in a separate one day national drive, led by the Ethiopian government, to plant millions of saplings in July last year to help tackle the climate crisis.
“Trees strengthen soil and this gives people food, jobs and safer places to live, so this is critical, life-saving work,” explained Concern’s Country Director in Ethiopia, Eileen Morrow.
“They, along with other plants and organisms in our ecosystem, also give us the oxygen we breathe while taking harmful, world-heating carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere – so by planting trees we are providing a lifeline in this worsening climate crisis.”
Concern said it has had huge success from tree planting in Ethiopia in recent years with communities experiencing less flooding and more growth in food production and livelihoods.
“We are improving the productivity of land for crops and livestock to create greater food security and a better environment for everyone,” added Concern’s livelihoods officer in Ethiopia, Dereje Jeba.