As a move towards a greener world, India held an event where people planted 50 million trees in just 24 hours! This record-breaking gathering is also an attempt to raise awareness of conservation.
Wives helping with the tree planting project (c) LifeGate
In an event happened in Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s most populous states found in the north of the country, more than 800,000 people 49.3 million baby trees in one day. From students and housewives to government officials, each of them contributed to prolong the life of 80 different species of trees. The tree saplings were from 950 different nurseries around the country.
This event is part of the government's colossal nationwide plan to make India full of plants again. The nation pledged to increase forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030 at the Paris Climate Change Conference. Thus, India’s government allotted $6.2 billion for this goal.
“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 said at the event, according to Associated Press
Indian government officials water a saplings after planting on the outskirts of Allahabad (c) Answers Africa
Pakistan did a similar event in 2013, where they planted 847,275 trees. However, India’s attempt has been certified by the Guinness Book Committee as the new title-holder.
India is one of the countries that have a poor air quality. According to reports
, cities in India, Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna, Raipur, Ludhiana, and Delhi were among the top 10 most polluted cities in the world.
Millions of people in India are at serious risk of cardiac and respiratory diseases due to this issue. Hopefully, more tree-planting events would be held, and would be the key to India's cleaner and greener environment.