Laudato Tree is a project aimed at healing the planet and empowering its people. With the backing of Pope Francis and a gift of 1000 trees from Cardinal Tukson, the initiative will contribute towards The Great Green Wall in the Sahel – a prime example of ecological conservation in action.
Pope Francis endorsed the project on May 10th, which was inspired by his encyclical Laudato Si’, calling on humanity to care for our common home. From Dakar to Djibouti, The Great Green Wall aims to reverse the effects of desertification caused by climate change, by growing a line of trees and vegetation stretching 8,000 kilometres.
The project is part of a young people’s movement, led by 16-year-old Vivienne Harr, who is based in San Francisco, but who is working with young people across Africa in support of the Great Green Wall. Miriam Gormally spoke with Don Mullan, an Irish author, media producer and founder of Hope Initiative International. He has been involved in securing a 1.2 million euro contribution from the Irish government to the UN and to the AU to carry out an inventory across the Sahel because the aim is to deliver the project in 2030, the UN deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals. He explained to Miriam why it was so exciting to get the endorsement from the Pope and why its important for the universal Catholic Church to have a means to contribute to this project.
You can contribute to the project by donating on the website, Laudatotree.org.