105 more trees in Inner Mongolia

On leaving Shanghai we collected money from our yard sale and we got donations from several friends for the TreesForPeace project. This time we decided to channel the resources to “The Million Tree Project”, run by Roots&Shoots Shanghai. 105 trees are planted this week in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia. Next week we will travel through Inner Mongolia by train on the way to Ulan Bataar in Mongolia proper.

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mtpchina 43.652539, 122.240549 105 Trees planted in 2014 as part of the Million Trees Project by Roots & Shoots Shanghai. The farewell gifts from our friends in Shanghai helped to sponsor the plantation and care for these trees throughout their lifetime. Read more on www.mtpchina.org

It is a few hundred kilometers north of Beijing, where the grasslands are dying. In the distant past, vast forests covered the north of China. There were few people and lots of wildlife. In these areas it was easy to clear a plot of land and grow grains for a hundred years or so, while depleting the rich soil that the forests had created over the millennia. Today, almost all of northern China is desert or half-desert. Many of the old cities are desolate ruins.

Many of the cities of the old days Empires are covered in sand. Here Jiaohe - from ibiblio.org.

Many of the cities of the old days Empires are covered in sand. Here Jiaohe – from ibiblio.org.

The deserts create huge problems for the Beijing area, both for fresh water supply and for air pollution. Dust from the deserts is mixed with coal-power-plant-exhausts and dirty diesel smoke to create a killing smog.

It is essential to rebuild the forest cover, tree by tree, to make northern China livable again. It will be difficult, but we can make it together. 105 trees is just a drop in the ocean, or a grain of sand in the Gobi desert. But it is a small step in the right direction.

For those of you who are in China, you can donate to the Million Tree Project via their Taobao store.

The MillionTree Project - read more on www.mtpchina.org

The MillionTree Project – read more on www.mtpchina.org

 

Video

Video about the project – see http://vimeo.com/24506761

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