Plant Fruit Trees in Public Spaces to fight Climate & Hunger

Washington (GGM) Analysis | April 13, 2020
NoreenProfilePicHillReport-75 by Noreen Wise

“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees”  – Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, founder of the Green Belt Movement

The Trillion Tree Campaign was announced in January at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos 2020.* This bold initiative grew from the Billion Tree Campaign launched in 2006 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This bold vision which will hopefully motivate all nations around the world to participate, has already inspired 193 countries into action, planting 13.6 billion trees. Amazing results, but we’re still an incredibly long way off target.

So, let’s ramp it up. The brilliant concept of choosing fruit trees for public spaces, as well as private property that serves large groups of people, is significant. Recommended locations:

  • parks
  • school yards
  • playgrounds
  • library grounds
  • university campuses
  • churchyards
  • corporate campuses

Different types of fruit trees thrive in different regions of the country. It’s wonderful to see families stop and pick wild raspberries on the trails in my town. Here are a few that grow well in the East Coast, South & West Coast Regions:

  • apple
  • pear
  • peach
  • avocado
  • grapes
  • black berries
  • raspberries

 

According to the World Economic Forum video above, there are a number of cities who have jumped in with the dual purpose fruit tree initiative Not only do these trees cut carbon, they also curb hunger through healthy, nutritional means. When one solution can address two of the world’s most dire conditions, you know this is money and action well spent.

With hundreds of thousands of American youth actively participating in plant-a-tree programs, as well as large corporations going in the effort, it’s time to promote the multiple benefits of planting fruit trees on a grand scale.

Let’s GO!

SOURCE:
*Trillion Tree Campaign, Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillion_Tree_Campaign

 

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