Environmental Stewardship in the Gobi Desert
For decades, the Gobi Desert in northwest China and southern Mongolia has been spreading, encroaching on grassland and farmland and blowing sand as far west as Beijing. Since 1978, 66 billion trees have been planted in a 2,800-mile band known as the Great Green Wall, which is helping to halt the desert, anchor shifting sands and restore soil and air quality. In 2013, PMI Shanghai joined this effort, teaming up with international non-profit Green Life to plant trees in the desert in Inner Mongolia. The PMI team has planted nearly 10,000 trees so far, and in August 2016 the local government recognized this work with a monument dedicated to PMI International.