Shattering a tree-planting record set only a year earlier, a group of volunteers in India just planted more than 66 million trees – in only twelve hours!
Previously the record belonged to a group in Uttar Pradesh, India, who planted just shy of 50 million saplings in 24 hours. While the most recent planting has yet to be ratified by Guiness, it’s an astonishing effort.
India pledged to increase forest their cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030 at the Paris Climate Change Conference. The government is putting forward $6.2 billion for this effort and encouraging all of the country’s 29 states to get involved.
“#MPPlants6CroreTrees is effort in accordance with #ParisAccord. I am proud that Madhya Pradesh has been one of the first to initiate,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, tweeted on Sunday.
This is part of a major environmental shift in India, and it’s certainly a feat worth celebrating. A key part of India’s more recent environmental work is the doing of India’s current prime minister, Narenda Modi.
“Modi knows climate change is good politics. Climate change makes sense to Modi because he believes it as it is good economics and politics,” Harsh Pant, a fellow at the New Delhi-based research organization Observer Research Foundation, recently told the New York Times in a story about their move away from coal burning towards renewable energy sources.
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