In the bid to break an existing Guinness book record and promote India’s forest conservation, Indian citizens have successfully planted about 50 million trees in no less than 24 hours.
Over 800, 000 people turned out in Uttar Pradesh on Monday to make history.
People of all classes, ages and professions came out to see to the record breaking challenge of planting trees to promote India’s forest conservation.
Officials of Uttar Pradesh, one of the most populous states in India, distributed 50 million tree saplings across the state to be planted.
“More than 800, 000 people from all walks of life, ranging from students and housewives to government officials, planted 49.3 million tree saplings in just 24 hours. The saplings included 80 different species of trees were from 950 different nurseries around the state.”– IFL Science
In 2013, Guinness Book of Records noted Pakistan to be leading in massive tree planting to create awareness for conservation. Pakistan planted about 847, 275 trees. With a very wide margin India beats Paksitan in the tree planting challenge.
India is seriously working towards an eco-friendly and greener environment. Report says that the Indian government pledged that India’s forest conservation will see an increase of forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030.
According to Yadav, this will be a practical response to the demands of climate change.
“The world has realized that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change.”- Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister.
With the fast pace of urbanization and industrialization in the country, India sees the need to invest in its natural resources. India’s forest conservation is an essential necessity as the country has largely depleted its reserves all for development.
Did you know that India is known for having poor air? Coupled with the increase in population, India takes forest conservation a lot more serious than usual.
Citing Uttar Pradesh as an example, the Indian government has called for other states to plant more trees. The government has also set aside over $6.2 billion to that effect.