Have you ever heard of a superhero that's made of trees?
Well, India is just planning that - the Aravalli Green Wall!
So what is this Aravalli Green Wall, you ask?
Well, it's a massive initiative by the Indian government to create a 1,500-kilometer-long green belt along the Aravalli mountain range. This green belt will consist of millions of trees and plants that will help combat soil erosion, air pollution, and deforestation. It's like Mother Nature's own superpower!
But that's not all. The Aravalli Green Wall is also a biodiversity hotspot. The region is home to several endangered species of flora and fauna, including the Indian grey wolf, leopard, and sloth bear.
By planting more trees and protecting their natural habitats, we can ensure that these beautiful creatures continue to thrive in the wild. It's like we're creating a real-life Eden!
And if that's not impressive enough, here's a fun fact for you - the Aravalli mountain range is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, estimated to be around 2 billion years old! Talk about ancient wisdom.
But India is not the only country with a green wall project. Across the African continent, the Great Green Wall project is underway, stretching over 8,000 kilometers from Senegal in West Africa to Djibouti in the east.
This project aims to combat desertification and land degradation, create jobs, and promote food security. It's an ambitious project, with the goal of restoring 100 million hectares of degraded land and creating 10 million jobs by 2030.
Though the idea is at a nascent stage, it has already generated a lot of excitement among officials in different ministries who believe that the project, if approved, may turn out to be a legacy programme in India’s efforts to deal with land degradation and the eastward march of the Thar desert.
Green walls are not only important for preserving biodiversity but also for improving air quality, reducing noise pollution, and mitigating the effects of climate change.
They are a symbol of hope for the planet and its inhabitants. So let's all work towards creating more green walls and turning our cities and towns into thriving green spaces.
- "India's ambitious Aravalli green belt project on track." Down To Earth, 16 Feb. 2021, www.downtoearth.org.in/news/forests/india-s-ambitious-aravalli-green-belt-project-on-track-75375
- "What is the Great Green Wall of Africa?" World Economic Forum, 27 Jan. 2021, www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/great-green-wall-africa-deforestation-climate-change/
- The Great Green Wala of Aravalli Range, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aravalli_Range#Wall
- Afforestation project Green Wall launched to revive the Aravallis, https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/gurugram-news/afforestation-project-green-wall-launched-to-revive-the-aravallis-101679766619488.html
- Union Minister Bhupender Yadav launches Aravalli Green Wall Project https://theprint.in/india/union-minister-bhupender-yadav-launches-aravalli-green-wall-project/1472701/