July 3, 2021– As the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone so eloquently described it here, the loss of forests due to the impact of climate change is much more than the loss of beauty and shade. Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr is leading her city’s efforts to make Freetown a city of trees by planting one million trees in two years, increasing plant cover by 50%. The goal is to reduce the risk of landslides and floods and to reintroduce biodiversity. Forest loss is about the loss of the ability to live and Freetown is on its way to ensuring the ability to live for all of its residents. (7 readings)
To take actionIn your own garden or workplace, or as part of a community initiative, work on planting one or more trees in your neighborhood.