800,000 government officials, stuents and volunteers in the state of Uttar Pradesh set a new World Record for “Most trees planted in 24 hours (team)”
A total of 50,414,058 million trees in total were planted as part of the massive ecological drive which took place last month.
The initiative formed part of a pledge India made at 2015’s climate change summit in Paris to increase the nation’s forest cover by 235 million acres by 2030, in response to the nation having six of the top ten most polluted cities in the world.
Taking place in over 6,146 locations, small trees were planted on roads and public property.
The Department Forest and Wildlife of the Government of Uttar Pradesh aims to cover almost a third of the state in trees by 2030 and in turn in turn help its citizens breathe a little cleaner.
While the challenge of global warming and deforestation still stands, Uttar Pradesh officials are focusing on the short-term issues, like keeping the young trees alive long enough to make an impact.
The signed piece of paper that marked the agreement for tree planting has blossomed into a beautiful record of ecological benefits.
All India Radio commends the participants who planted to make the country and the world at large a more environmentally friendly place.