One of the actions that Belgium proposes to combat climate change is to plant a tree for each newborn baby.
This project is part of the Climate Plan that was adopted by the municipality of Brussels since May 2018.
The project will begin in the city of Brussels and then spread throughout the country. Starting in 2020, with each birth declared in municipal records, parents will receive a card informing them that a tree will be planted in their name.
The objective of the proposal is to reduce polluting gases and the effects of climate change on a large scale, and it is estimated that the city of Brussels will contribute to reducing its Co2 emissions by 30% by 2025.
A similar plan to this was carried out in Lausanne in Switzerland, where for 17 years a tree has been planted for every baby that is born. But the Brussels plan wants to go a little further.
This project is called “Baby Boom” and its objective is to participate in the international dimension required by the Covenant of Mayors, in order to help reforest the countries of the south.
"We want to make it clear that the climate problem goes beyond borders," says Benoit Hellings, a climate official in the city of Brussels.
An important fact that reflects the magnitude of this plan is that around 3,000 babies are born annually in Brussels and if a tree is planted for each child, carbon dioxide will be reduced by a total of 13 tons per year.
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