Pakistan Plans To Plant 10 Billion Trees Over The Next 5 Years

“It is now imperative to tackle climate change."

Pakistan Plans To Plant 10 Billion Trees Over The Next 5 Years

Pakistan is going green. Forest green.

As reported by NBC News, Pakistan plans to plant 10 billion trees over the next five years as part of its effort to combat climate change. That's approximately 50 trees for every person that lives in the Middle Eastern country.

According to NBC News, Pakistan is one of the top 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change and the environmental challenges that Pakistan faces have already caused the country billions of dollars. Increased temperatures, flooding, and droughts number among them.

Deforestation contributes to the challenges the country faces: in 2016, only 2 percent of Pakistan's land was covered by forest, according to The Washington Post.

"It is now imperative to tackle climate change and reverse environmental degradation as Pakistan's situation will only worsen as the economy grows," Pakistani politician Imran Khan said wrote in his party's manifesto.

The Billion Tree Tsunami Program is an extension of Khan's previous initiatives in which his party planted 865,000 acres of trees between 2014 and 2017.

In an interview with NBC, Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, founder and CEO of LEAD Pakistan argued that it is highly important to focus on the health of the environment despite the challenges that Pakistan faces.

"We have been consumed for so long by so many other challenges such as the war on terror that has engulfed our cities, suicide bombings, public health, that kind of thing," Sheikh told NBC. "But it is extremely important also that we ensure we have enough fresh water and that our development does not destroy our own coastline. We have one of the largest deltas in the world, but it is dying because of climate change."

Cover image via FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images.

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