A huge ecological project across Indian’s most populous state that saw more than 800,000 government officials, students and volunteers take part has set a new world record for Most trees planted in 24 hours (team).
An incredible 50,414,058 million trees in total were planted as part of the massive ecological drive which took place last month in Uttar Pradesh.
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, public property and railways in a $6 billion effort to reforest 12% of Uttar Pradesh’s land.
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.
“The world has realised that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told press in efforts to gain as many participants for the events as possible.
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.
Previous studies show about 40% of mass tree plantings don’t survive due to disease and lack of water, but representatives have plans to monitor the grounds with aerial photography, to make sure each of the 50.4 million remain alive.
The signed piece of paper that marked the agreement for tree planting has blossomed into a beautiful record of ecological benefits. Guinness World Records commends the participants who planted to make the world a more environmentally-friendly place.