Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh
more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!
Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.
ive been meaning to make work-related comics forever, so enjoy some choice movie title bastardizations.
(these all actually, seriously, happened, with no humor or awareness on the part of the customer at the time as far as I could tell. so, yes, someone actually asked for a ticket to “Detergent” with a straight face.)
This is literally everyday people at the theatre
CARRYING HER FABRIC REAMS LIKE THEY’RE IN HIGH SCHOOL OMG
#you can HighSchool AU this show without really leaving the main signposted path tbh #like step to the left: SUDDENLY HIGH SCHOOL #athos is the guy that sits at the back of the class and doesn’t even pretend to not be sleeping #but when called on will come out with some pithy and accurate summation of the text #aramis is That Guy that everyone’s about 90% in love with and he’s in drama and debate teams and tells you he likes your drawings #porthos is seemingly that scary-big guy who’s always outside the principals office for unnamed terrors of deliquency but once you start chatting he’s actually a MASSIVE TEDDY BEAR and carries heavy things for you #d’artagnan is the guy recently transferred from another school #his clothes are funny and he’s kind of wierdly enthusiastic about odd things but he’s a sport prodigy #LIKE WHOA i mean he wanders onto the playing field of choice and woops the ball is where it’s meant to go and everyone’s just ‘do that again’ #and he does it like 5 more times #and coach just whispers ‘yessssss’ (harrietvane)
#you know this some real shit cause if you’re in the rain for like five minutes in jane austen you get all sick #and have to be ‘bedridden’ and ‘fussed over’ #so he went out after her in the regency equivalent of a shootout just to be like #’I LOVE YOU BUT YOUR FAMILY IS POOR AND EMBARRASSING’