To plant 50 million trees in one day


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Indian state aims to plant record-breaking 50 million trees in one day

Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer (@MelissaBreyer)
Business / Environmental Policy

Uttar Pradesh is going to be looking a lot greener after a marathon 24-hour tree-planting frenzy.

There are a lot of different types of records to break in this world, but few as noble as this one: To plant the most trees in a day. This is what the residents of India’s most populated state, Uttar Pradesh, are hoping to accomplish.

More than 800,000 people have taken to the dirt after officials distributed millions of saplings to be planted across the state to help India’s efforts to increase its forest cover, and to clinch a Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in a day, reports theAssociated Press.

The record so far has been a whopping 847,275 trees, an arboreal feat accomplished in Pakistan in 2013.

People from all walks of life are getting in on the digging. Students, lawmakers, government officials, housewives and volunteers from nonprofit organizations got to work on Monday to plant the saplings at specific places ranging from the side of small roads and highways, to train tracks and forest areas.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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