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If marathons were Not hard enough – strap a tree into your back

Last updated on September 15, 2019

NAIROBI (Reuters) — This Sunday at South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur, and a boxing executive is one of 20 buddies running the Cape Town marathon — using saplings strapped to their backs.

The team is encouraging the planting of indigenous trees amid a nationwide push to replace invasive species using native ones to deal with drought and climate change.

This past year, Cape Town endured its worst drought in a century, almost running out of water and forcing police to apply serious water rationing and put up public water things.

Spooked companies put $3.7m into a fund to eliminate invasive water-hungry trees across Cape Town, a movement that would lead up reservoirs with billions of liters of water.

Activist and treegrower Siyabulela Sokomani, who’s running carrying out a wild olive, ” said that the group of buddies is increasing money to plant 2,000 trees at Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s most significant townships, where a number of them come out of.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur attended college there and was motivated by a teacher that began an environmental team.

“There were not any trees in the township in which I grew up,” he explained. Today Sokomani has tattoos of his favorites — the Coral Tree, Speckboom and Acacia — twining throughout his shoulder.

Spekboom can grow nearly everywhere and absorbs carbon dioxide in the air faster than most other trees in dry states, the United Nations says.

Last year Sokomani went straight back into his college to plant 67 trees on Mandela Day, symbolizing that the 67 years who Mandela spent in public support. He co-founded Township Farmers in 2017 to educate kids about farming and plant trees in universities.