One news story that energized me this year concerned climate change. In March, Pakistan announced its goal to plant 10 billion trees within five years.
That's ambitious, I thought.
It was also impressive, because Australia had announced its plan to plant 1 billion trees over 30 years.
In regard to West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, I'm wary that reforestation will become a concession by multinational oil and gas companies. That's to say, it'll be a public relations effort when climate change becomes popular discourse in the region. What it won't be is an acknowledgment of the fossil fuel industry's long-term viability.
Nonetheless, the CEO of one multinational company has predicted the decline of global oil demand (Rifkin, Ch. 3). I informed a friend who works for the same company in West Africa, and I asked him, "Have you heard such conversations in your industry?"