Marianna Muntianu has devised all kinds of ways to encourage people to plant trees. She oversees 6,000 volunteers doing just that with her Plant the Forest project. The UN has named her a Young Champion of the Earth.
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Creating new forests has been heralded as an effective way of tackling the climate crisis. Yet when it comes to drylands, lessons from the colonial era show it can have devastating impacts on indigenous wildlife.
The third-richest man on the planet, Bill Gates, is also one of the largest private owners of farmland in the US. He is known for supporting environmental innovation, but his farming plans have been secretive until now.
On this edition we meet the Gambia's queen of recycling, see how farmers are rethinking cocoa cultivation in Ghana and learn how to turn old banana tree trunks into eco-friendly packaging.
The coronavirus pandemic put climate issues on the back burner in 2020. France and the UN hope the summit will get global leaders again talking about climate change policy and protecting biodiversity.
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