India’s citizens make the move on Global Warming:

from the BBC

An Indian civil servant, SM Raju, has come up with a novel way of
providing employment to millions of poor in the eastern state of Bihar.

His
campaign to encourage people to plant trees effectively addresses two
burning issues of the world: global warming and shrinking job
opportunities.

Evidence of Mr Raju’s success could clearly be
seen on 30 August, when he organised 300,000 villagers from over 7,500
villages in northern Bihar to engage in a mass tree planting ceremony.

In
doing so the agriculture graduate from Bangalore has provided
“sustainable employment” to people living below the poverty line in
Bihar…

“I told the villagers that they would get 100 days employment in a
year simply by planting trees and protecting them. The old, handicapped
and widows would be given preference,” he explained.

Every
village council has now been given a target of planting 50,000 saplings
– a group of four families has to plant 200 seedlings and they must
protect them for three years till the plants grow more sturdy.

“They
would get the full payment if they can ensure the survival of 90% of
the plants under their care. For a 75-80% survival rate, they will be
paid only half the wage. If the survival rate is less than 75%, the
families in the group will be replaced,” the guidelines say.

Under NREGA rules, each worker has to be paid 100 rupees ($2) per day for 100 days in a year.

“I told the villagers that they would get 100 days employment in a
year simply by planting trees and protecting them. The old, handicapped
and widows would be given preference,” he explained.

Every
village council has now been given a target of planting 50,000 saplings
– a group of four families has to plant 200 seedlings and they must
protect them for three years till the plants grow more sturdy.

“They
would get the full payment if they can ensure the survival of 90% of
the plants under their care. For a 75-80% survival rate, they will be
paid only half the wage. If the survival rate is less than 75%, the
families in the group will be replaced,” the guidelines say.

Under NREGA rules, each worker has to be paid 100 rupees ($2) per day for 100 days in a year.

Dear US political leaders,

could we have this in the USA – perhaps a tree planting program aimed at offsetting the pine beetle die off in the Rocky Mountains?

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