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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A Green Wall for China

1934 through 1936 were years of drought in the US Great Plains region. Land that had been prairie for thousands of years had been put to the plow for the first time a few decades prior, and soil that had held firm under deeply rooted plants was swept up into the atmosphere. It got so bad that the dust reached as far as Washington, DC. Something that no doubt helped bring about legislation mandating conservation efforts. This year (2021) China has experienced intense sandstorms that have reached Beijing for the first time in 6 years. Whether desertification in this case is due to agriculture, climate change, or other causes, there is increased concern in that country for holding back the desert.

In the following video the story of one man is highlighted, with his decades-long struggle to re-green his corner of the world. It's going to take a lot more than such private efforts to address the issue, but it's at least a start and a shining example of what's possible.