The Government of Pakistan has attempted to tackle mass unemployment by hiring employees to help plant ten billion trees.
Through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, over 63,000 new jobs have been created through the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami initiative. [Featured Image: Ten Billion Tree Tsunami, Twitter]
Ten Billion Tree Tsunami was held up due to social-distancing laws, but an exemption was subsequently passed. This meant that, alongside the original workers, new daily workers who were without work could continue work on the project. Workers are allowed to plant trees, so long as they observe social-distancing laws and wear masks.
The Ten Billion Tree Tsunami initiative started in 2018, and its original aim was to hit the landmark in five years. So far, over 30 million trees have been planted and a larger workforce now presides over the project. Most of the work takes place around the Punjab region and the capital, Islamabad. However, workers carry out the project wherever the trees are required.