New Zealand Just Announced a Plan to Plant One Billion Trees

We're on the fast track to a greener future


Lake McKenzie overlook, Routeburn track, South island of New Zealand

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New Zealand has just joined the list of countries that are taking on ambitious environmental policies destined to take a powerful and proactive stance against climate change.

Jacinda Ardern, the country’s next prime minister, signed a coalition agreement earlier this week with the New Zealand First party that addresses several initiatives, one of which is an enormous plan to plant at least 100 million trees every year for the next ten years as part of the Billion Tree Planting Program.

New Zealand already gets 85 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, and the coming administration hopes to become 100 percent sustainably-powered by 2035 and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

“I don’t need to be influenced on climate change,” said Ardern. “It will sit at the heart of what this government does.”

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