As described so eloquently here by the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, the loss of forest due to the impact of climate change is about much more than the loss of beauty and shade. Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr is leading her city's efforts to make Freetown a tree town by planting one million trees in two years, increasing the vegetation cover by 50%. The goal is to reduce the risk of landslides and flooding and to reintroduce biodiversity. Loss of forest is about the loss of ability to live and Freetown is on its way to insuring the ability of all of its residents to live.


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  • Learn more about Freetown's plan to increase vegetation cover in two years. 
  • Take action on climate change at Countdown - a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.
  • In your own yard or place of work, or as part of a community initiative, work on planting one or more trees in your neighborhood.

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