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 one 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?"
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her writings and commentaries, including "Reforestation in Africa," at landturn.com/blog.
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