Praise U.K. for Massive Reforestation Project
Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the U.K.
Goal: Applaud ambitious plan to plant 50 million trees in the next 25 years.
The U.K. is one of the least forested countries in all of Europe; U.K. tree cover is only about 13 percent compared to a European Union average of 38 percent. But a new government initiative aims to change the U.K.’s dismal forest cover percentage. Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a plan to create over 62 thousand acres of woodland, connecting five smaller forests in northern England. This forest will greatly expand wildlife habitat and help combat climate change: it is estimated that it will be able to sequester over seven million tons of carbon. As the Prime Minister has stated, “It is vital that we leave our planet in a better state than we found it, with cleaner air, stronger protections for animal welfare and greener spaces for everyone to enjoy.”