Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Zoey Sky
According to a report released last February, China has reassigned more than 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in various areas. By doing this, the country aims to reduce pollution and increase China’s forest coverage.
The story, which was originally reported by the Asia Times, reveals that a large regiment from the People’s Liberation Army will be collaborating with some of the nation’s armed police force. The soldiers were redeployed from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks in inland China.
Most of the soldiers will be sent to Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing. The area is one of the main producers of the infamous smog that covers the capital city. (Related: Pollution is “devastating” China’s natural ecosystem and contaminating its food supply.)
Members of online military forums in the country were reportedly in favor of the idea, as long as they can keep their current ranks and entitlements.
The 60,000 soldiers are being deployed to implement China’s plan to plant an estimated 84,000 square kilometers (32,400 square miles) of trees before 2018 ends. The area is roughly as large as Ireland.
By planting trees, the country can be one step closer to increasing its forest coverage from 21 percent of its total landmass to at least 23 percent by 2020. Zhang Jianlong, head of China’s State Forestry Administration, is hopeful that by 2035 the figure can even go up to 26 percent.
Jainlong invites companies, organizations, and talent who specialize in greening work to take part in “the country’s massive greening campaign.” He concluded, “Cooperation between government and social capital will be put on the priority list.”
If you’re interested in tree planting, you can start in your own backyard or neighborhood to enjoy the various benefits of greenery:
Read more articles about the benefits of tree planting at GreenLivingNews.com.