Plant4Pakistan plants trees against unemployment in Pakistan

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Pakistan

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July 9, 2020

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Plant4Pakistan plants trees against unemployment in Pakistan

Country

Pakistan

Update

July 9, 2020

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Pakistan’s coronavirus lockdown left many low-income workers without a job. However, the Pakistan government discovered a way to turn the crisis into an opportunity by employing people to plant trees. This enabled them to earn a decent income as well as prepare the country for the next big crisis: climate change.

Pakistan is badly affected by climate change. Floods and droughts are frequent, and temperatures continue to rise. To mitigate extreme weather, Pakistan aims to plant ten billion trees in the next five years.

Coronavirus has had a devastating impact worldwide, but the Pakistan government decided to use the crisis as an opportunity to accelerate its “Ten Billion Trees” programme. Low-income workers can avoid the grim consequences of unemployment by joining tens of thousands other “jungle workers” who are planting trees across the country. In return, they receive some three dollars a day. Not much, but enough to survive. In this way, Pakistan can continue to stimulate the economy and employment, while addressing the threat of climate change.

Green stimulus

 

Initially halted to stop the spread of corona, the tree planting campaign resumed in April 2020 with a special exemption. While keeping their distance and wearing masks, mainly young and female “jungle workers” set up tree nurseries, plant saplings and serve as guards and firefighters.

By 2023, the “ten billion trees” envisaged by the programme should be planted as scheduled. Although the tree planting season usually ends in April, this year it will run for an extra month, so that Pakistan’s labourers can be employed a bit longer. So far, over 63,000 new jobs have already been created – especially around the capital Islamabad and in rural areas.

Plant4Pakistan is an initiative of Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change. 

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http://www.mocc.gov.pk/

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Photo credits: Azeem baloch