This TED video features Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr from Sierra Leone, who decided to run for mayor of Freetown and implement a plan to replant one million trees in and around the city during her term in office.
It begins by describing the changing weather conditions brought about by climate change that have made farming in the region much harder and the increasing migration of people from rural areas to urban centers.
Students will learn how Freetown's tree planting initiative is designed to get everyone in the community involved and interested in planting and caring for these trees.
This inspiring video will show students how communities can come together to make changes.
Footage of Freetown adds visual interest to the video.
Before watching the video, teachers may wish to share some information about Sierra Leone and have students locate the country on a map or globe.
Students can find updated information on Freetown's tree planting project on the Freetown City Council's website.
This video would be a great inspirational video to kick off a service project or planning meeting for a tree planting project.
Earth science and biology classes could identify the ways that planting trees can help to stabilize the soil, balance the water cycle, filter the air, filter the water, provide shade for people, reduce urban temperatures during heat waves, and provide habitat for wildlife.