As described so eloquently here by the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, the loss of forest due to the impact of climate change is about much more than the loss of beauty and shade. Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr is leading her city’s efforts to make Freetown a tree town by planting one million trees in two years, increasing the vegetation cover by 50%. The goal is to reduce the risk of landslides and flooding and to reintroduce biodiversity. Loss of forest is about the loss of ability to live and Freetown is on its way to ensuring the ability of all of its residents to live.
Biodiversity Matters: The City Planting a Million Trees in Two Years
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