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School fields lined with poplars, the oak in the local park, picking up conkers under the horse chestnut, feeling summer arrive at the sight of blossom; trees have always been around us, and we couldn't imagine life in the UK without them. They help us breathe by cleaning the air of carbon dioxide and providing shade on warm summer days, and in recent years, they have become an important part of tackling climate change.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, the 26th event (COP26) in Glasgow, began on October 31 and ends on November 12, with world leaders and delegates attending to discuss climate change. One topic under discussion is deforestation, which contributes enormously to climate change because it depletes forests that absorb CO2.

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Sometimes, I feel like we shouldn't need Women's History Month because women are already a part of history. But, reflecting on when I studied history at school, only a handful of women were discussed.

History often appears to be about war and politics in which men are overrepresented. So, where are the women?

Women are often inspirational figures despite their stories not being widely shared or recognised. I was reminded of this when hearing about my late aunt, Salima Akhtar, an ordinary Muslim woman who lived in Pakistan.

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