A world tree record

The Independent reported recently that volunteers in India planted more than 66 million trees in just 12 hours.  About 1.5 million people were involved in the campaign, in which saplings were placed along the Narmada river in the state of Madhya Pradesh.  India committed under the Paris Agreement to increasing its forests by five million hectares before 2030 to combat climate change.  Observers from Guinness World Records monitored Sunday’s plantation and are expected to confirm in the coming weeks that the effort set a new record.  The campaign was organised by the Madhya Pradesh government, with 24 districts of the Narmada river basin chosen as planting sites to increase the saplings’ chances of survival.  Volunteers planted more than 20 different species of trees.

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