As part of efforts to promote eco-tourism and combat the effects of climate change, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed is leading a campaign called Green Legacy to plant 20 billion trees across the country by 2022.
The initiative was launched in 2019 as part of Abiy’s focus on the environment. Over 10 billion trees were planted in the first two years of the project according to Omar Husen, Minister for Agriculture.
At the launch in a meeting hall filled with freshly watered seedlings on Tuesday, Abiy says plantings will continue until September and October and plans are underway to send one billion seedlings to neighboring countries.
“These media will now prove if they’re truly friends of Ethiopia. If they preach about the Green Legacy at that level, then it’ll reveal they can balance between the good and the bad and don’t hide the good. However, if they don’t care about the Green Legacy but only talk about our killings, then it’ll be a platform that clearly shows their identity and intentions”, the 2019 Noble Peace Prize winner said.
The Prime Minister encouraged Ethiopians to plant billions of trees.