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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: an Olympic forest to become Climate Positive

To offset the emissions of Tokyo 2020 will be planted an "Olympic forest" in Mali and Senegal, in order to stem the advance of the Sahara and mitigate the effects of climate change.

An Olympic forest for Tokyo 2020

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) has declared that¬†355,000 trees will be planted¬†in the states of Mali and Senegal as a solution¬†to offset the CO2 emissions generated by the Tokyo 2020¬†Olympics, which will begin next July 23 and end on Sunday, August 8. The trees will go to create a sort of ‚ÄúOlympic forest‚ÄĚ and will be part of the Great Green Wall, a massive project we‚Äôve talked about extensively in thisWOW story.¬†‚ÄúThe Olympic forest will help us become climate positive,‚ÄĚ said¬†Thomas Bach, president of the IOC.‚ÄĚ

The trees that will be planted in the Olympic forest of Mali and Senegal are all native species. This is not a trivial or obvious choice because, very often, alien species are planted such as pines or eucalyptus, or fast-growing species that always make a big impact in the media but are increasingly harmful to ecosystems. This impressive work of reforestation will allow the planting of trees on an area of about 2120 hectares in 90 villages: in January 2020 the Olympic Committee committed to become Climate Positive by 2030, which means that in the next decade will remove more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit.

Our project in Burkina Faso and Climate Positive events

Taking action for us is a categorical imperative, but it is necessary to rely on ethics, science and good governance to be truly effective in any type of project. For this reason we have activated a project in Burkina Faso, with the aim of giving life to a process of women’s empowerment able to support the local community to make it self-sufficient we are working on a social reforestation project that allows you to adopt species that are essential for the subsistence of the villages: Baobab, Karité, Moringa, Neré are all species that, in addition to helping to combat desertification, contribute to the training of Burkinabe women with respect to the care and processing of the fruits of these trees into finished products, for both food and cosmetic use.

 

We are now facing an unprecedented ecological crisis in the history of human civilization: climate change, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, air pollution, plastic islands floating in the oceans and soil loss are just some of the visible effects caused by excessive pressure on natural resources and our inability to change some eating and purchasing habits.

It becomes necessary to adopt visionary and structural strategies, measures and policies that allow us to reduce and avoid negative impacts from the very beginning, only finally coming to support those who every day take care or restore nature with activities that produce positive impacts, thus helping us to leave behind a better world. Only in this way we could truly respond to the increasing demand of people who seek well-being in nature, taking also the opportunity to attract and surround ourselves with the growing part of the population that is increasingly sensitive and asks companies and politicians to make consistent, value-based and sustainable choices, rewarding those who take this path.

This is why becoming Climate Positive is one of the goals and challenges of our century.

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