Pakistan Pays Unemployed Workers to Plant trees
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There are more than a few good things that are coming out of our current situation; one of them is the positive environmental impact that stay-at-home orders have had on our planet.
Many world leaders are taking this opportunity to refocus their efforts on the climate and plan a better future for when their countries reopen.
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Recently, Pakistan has started to pay unemployed workers to help with its largest environmental project.
The 5-year program was launched by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan to counter the droughts, flooding, and rise in temperatures in the country caused by climate change.
In the last few weeks, Pakistan has hired over 60,000 workers who were previously unemployed due to the lockdown to work on the project.
Even though the work takes place in isolated areas, laborers are still abiding by social distancing rules; remaining six feet apart from one another and wearing masks.
This project is very similar to one that happened right here in United States during the great depression.
In 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt mobilized the U.S. Forest Service, the Works Progress Administration, and the Civilian Conservation Corps to create a shelter-belt of trees that ran from North Dakota to Texas.
The goal was to provide a natural barrier against the dust storms that ravaged the middle of the country during the Dust Bowl.
Over seven years, hundreds of millions of trees were planted.
It also provided much-needed employment for thousands of workers whose livelihoods had been destroyed by the Dust Bowl and stock market crash. Much like Pakistan today, FDR saw an opportunity to help his citizens and the planet, and he took it.