Gashaw Tahir Fights Deforestation, Plants One Million Trees In Ethiopia

Above: Gashaw Tahir traveled back to Ethiopia several years
ago and was shocked at the massive deforestation there.
Posted: 03-20-10 05:39 PM
Ethiopian-born American citizen Gashaw Tahir traveled back to his homeland several years ago and was shocked at the massive deforestation that had taken place since his departure.

Rivers have dried, mountains have been deforested, and rising temperatures due to climate change are making plant life more difficult to maintain. Tahir decided that something had to be done. His story is told in a new video from


13 Responses to “Gashaw Tahir Fights Deforestation, Plants One Million Trees In Ethiopia”

  1. 1 Tse Tsu Mar 22nd, 2010 at 1:39 am

    This is really an amazing work, which every Ethiopian should replicate. Really this is great.

    Gashaw, you are just like Gash Abera Molla! Please continue your work so others may follow your way.

    With kind regards,

    Tse Tsu

  2. 2 dereje Mar 22nd, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Great job Gashaw. This is exactly what Ethiopia needs these days!

  3. 3 teddy Mar 22nd, 2010 at 6:17 am

    God bless you. We need to unite in this cause, if everyone plants 1 tree each, I am sure Ethiopia will be like amazon forest.

  4. 4 bisrat alemayehu Mar 22nd, 2010 at 8:26 am


  5. 5 Amsalu hate Mar 22nd, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I am very much impressed by your work. Please keep it up.

  6. 6 wossen Mar 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Such a blessing to have you back at home and it is a wonderful work you are doing. Keep it up because you are showing us a new way for progress.

  7. 7 Yared Mar 22nd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    This is a very encouraging documentary but on the other hand there had been a lot of people like this man who were told to stop what they were doing by the same government that gave a go ahead to Mr.Gashaw;for eg Mr.Obang Meto. Obang went with the same dream digging water-wail for the thirsty, plant seeds trees and what not but he was not only discouraged, a good number of Anuak’s were asked to leave their own birth place that lead to a massacering of over 300 hundred people.

    The spirit of this man is very necessary and encouraging.

  8. 8 lakech Mar 22nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I am proud of you. I would like to learn more so I can also get involved.


  9. 9 Debre Tabor Mar 22nd, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I agree with the above comment by Yared. Ethiopia has many problems of commission and willful omission – but in this case, in this man’s softly weathered hands springs forth a verdant future of sureties. That abundant woodland of common stewardship rising from hardscrabble ham-fisted plunder. That peaceful woodland of purposeful enterprise in lieu of pathological exploitative ascension. That widely burgeoning woodland of nature’s gentle persuasion crowding out and overgrowing the bereft and desolate wasteland of dogmatic rapacious certitude. But his labour is not to be political it is to be custodial and for that Ato. Gashaw Tahir: I wish you God’s blessings and our peoples support. Thank you.

  10. 10 Elizabeth Mar 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 pm


  11. 11 begudu Mar 23rd, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Great work, You inspired me and millions. this is what I consider being a patriotic Ethiopian.


  12. 12 Enat Apr 9th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Really It is great!!!!!!

  13. 13 Alem Apr 14th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What a wonderful work U are doing/ please bezihu ketilibet ESHEE.

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