Commend China for Planting Trees

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Target: China President, Xi Jinping

Goal: Congratulate China for planting trees to stop desertification that is threatening arable land.

Desertification is threatening to turn China’s arable land into a desert. Gobi Desert in northern China is creeping farther and farther south. Worse, the wind regularly picks up sand from the desert and blows it toward the highly populated areas, causing major dust storms. Thankfully, China is fighting back with trees.

China is constructing a “wall” of trees also referred to as the “Great Green Wall.” The project began because of a decade-long afforestation idea that began in the late 1970’s and should continue for the next few years. The trees are supposed to turn the arid areas into healthy agricultural areas. The project is also expected to create a 2,800-mile-long belt of trees along the borders of Gobi.

China has been pushing this project for years, and around 1981 the country introduced a forced participation drive where any citizen over 11 years old was required to plant three to five trees yearly. However, the country later turned to government works to push the project.

Previous reports have indicated that more than 20 percent of the lands previously affected by desertification have been harnessed and soil erosion is under control in areas that used to be affected. This clearly indicates that the measures are working despite previous criticism.

China is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and it is encouraging to see the country engage in a massive tree-planting program that is meant to help offset tropical deforestation. These trees should greatly assist in sucking some of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is responsible for climate change.

The “Green Great Wall” is the world’s largest ecological engineering project. Reports indicate that since 2008, China has planted 13 million hectares of new forest in an attempt to stop the advancement of the Gobi Desert. Though some trees have been reported to fail because they are new non-native fruit and rubber tree plantations, the project seems to be making progress and is much welcomed by environmentalists.

Sign this petition to commend China in its effort to conserve the environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Xi Jinping,

China has taken a greater step to combat desertification that is threatening its arable land. The Gobi Desert in Northern China is creeping farther and farther south threatening China’s fertile land. Worse, the wind regularly blows sand from the desert towards highly populated areas causing dust storms.

China’s move to fight back with trees is supposed to bring some change by turning arid areas into healthy agricultural land. The “Great Green Wall” is expected to create a 2,800-mile-long belt of trees along the borders of the Gobi Desert.

China is seriously pushing this project and the country even adopted a forced participation drive some few years back before turning to government works. Reports indicate areas that experienced soil erosion are now under control and lands that were previously affected by desertification have been harnessed.

It is encouraging to see China take such a significant step considering the country is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. These trees should help in sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in turn reduce climate change.

As the world’s biggest ecological engineering project, the “Green Great Wall” has planted 13 hectares of new forest and has controlled the advancement of the Gobi Desert. Though some trees have been reported to fail, the project has been successful overall. I am writing this letter to commend you for taking such a crucial step in conserving the environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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