SDG Goal: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
The industrial revolution has contributed to a 500 time greater rate of plant species extinction than ever before. Human activity like clear-cutting forests for timber and converting land into fields for agriculture are the main culprits. Plants provide the oxygen and food we consume and makes the backbone of ecosystems - plant species extinction is bad for all.
Problem Native Tree Planting addresses:
In the last 250 years, approximately, 600 plant species have been lost in the wild which is double the figures of birds, mammals and amphibian extinctions. Plant extinctions can lead to a whole cascade of extinctions in other animals that habitat them.
The Island of Hawaii is the single most dangerous place for plant species, with 79 extinctions reported there since 1900. Other places with particularly high extinction rates included the Cape Provinces of South Africa, the island of Mauritius, Australia, Brazil and India.
What is the task?
At the plant nursery, volunteers need to select a native plant of their respective countries and learn to recognize the plant species names before heading to plant their selected native plant species at an assigned area where the plant can grow to its full height when mature.