Brazilian couple planted 4 million trees within 18 years to form a large forest.

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has seen a lot of devastating things in his life, but the state of his family’s land in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1994 likely ranks at the top. He had just returned from reporting on the genocide in Rwanda which was traumatizing in its own right, but seeing his family’s land that has previously been a fecund rainforest stripped of vegetation hit him at his core. “The land was as sick as I was – everything was destroyed,” Sebastião told The Guardian. What happened to Sebastião’s land is far from unique. Over the last 30 years, the world’s forests have been disappearing at an astounding rate. Between 1990 and 2016, approximately 502,000 square miles of forest …

4 million trees in 20 years how this couple fought deforestation in Brazil and won.

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has seen a lot of devastating things in his life, but the state of his family’s land in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1994 likely ranks at the top. He had just returned from reporting on the genocide in Rwanda which was traumatizing in its own right, but seeing his family’s land that has previously been a fecund rainforest stripped of vegetation hit him at his core. “The land was as sick as I was – everything was destroyed,” Sebastião told The Guardian. What happened to Sebastião’s land is far from unique. Over the last 30 years, the world’s forests have been disappearing at an astounding rate. Between 1990 and 2016, approximately 502,000 square miles of forest …