New Zealand’s newest Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has set ambitious environmental policies to confront climate change.
Her plan for New Zealand is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. She wants to transition the country’s power grid to 100 percent renewable energy, invest in regional train systems, and Plant 100 million Trees A Year through the ‘Billion Trees Planting Program’, to reach this goal.
She believes that planting 100 million trees per year is ‘absolutely achievable’ and plans to do this by using land that isn’t good enough for normal farming practices.
Over the 10 years, this would be equal to:
100 Million trees per year
270 Thousand trees per day
This may be an enormous number of trees, however, some of her targets will only require small changes to reach. Over 80 percent of New Zealand’s electricity already comes from renewable sources such as hydropower, geothermal and wind. She wants to amp it up to 100% renewable sources by the year 2035 by making many small but significant changes like putting solar panels on top of schools.