India Has Planted Nearly 50 Million Trees In 24 Hours
More than 800,000 people contributed to a world record attempt by planting 49.3 million trees in 24 hours.
Students, government officials, and volunteers gathered in India’s populous Uttar Pradesh to planet the seedlings and break the Guinness World Record for the number of trees planted in one day, which was set three years ago by Pakistan with more than 847,000 trees.
“The world has realized that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change,” Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told volunteers, according to the Associated Press.
India’s government is encouraging all 29 states to start tree-planting drives to increase the country’s forest cover. Air pollution kills more than half a million people per year in India. The government has designated more than $6.2 billion for tree-planting across the country, in keeping with its pledge to push India’s forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030.
The long-term survival of trees planted in such mass campaigns remains a concern. Usually, only 60 percent of saplings survive, with the rest succumbing to disease or lack of water.