Since November 2006, millions of people from scouts to presidents have been rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty planting trees as part of the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign.

The initial goal was to catalyse the pledging and planting of one billion trees, enabling the public to express their concerns over climate change and ecosystem degradation, but the campaign has surpassed its original aims.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, said: “The simple act of planting a tree resonates and unites a child in the slums of Africa with ...


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