If you have been horrified by the number of disastrous events related to climate change, here is some good news. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra just announced that he will reforest the Machu Picchu archaeological site in order to stop it from being damaged by mudslides and forest fires.
The reforestation decision comes at the right time
This comes at a time when almost all of Australia is burning and more than 1 billion animals have perished in the fire. Peru certainly needs to take this step in order to protect its wildlife, its archaeological sites and its environment.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has taken it upon himself to plant 1 million trees in and around Machu Picchu. This ambitious project will certainly cost a lot of money and time. All the trees will be planted in the 35,000 hectare archaeological complex which is protected by the government.
The decision to plant these trees was taken by the environment ministry specialists who revealed that the area is prone to mudslides and heavy rainfall during winter. The region is also prone to forest fires during summers. Environmentalists believe that these trees will go a long way in helping the protected ecological area’s flora and fauna.
A small ray of hope amidst environmental darkness
Many areas of this archaeological complex is already restricted for visitors. Tourists usually discard a lot of garbage, especially plastic. This has led to the degradation of the ecological well-being of the area. Peru is no stranger to extremes of climate and regularly experiences forest fires and floods. This extreme weather events have mostly been ascribed to the El Niño phenomena.
It is not clear how long it will take for the trees to grow, but when they do they are most likely to help the region’s flora and fauna, and also protect the archaeological complex which is at risk from continued mudslides and forest fires. This is one of the brighter news stories in the world of environmental activism.