Ethiopia set the world record last week, when people from around the country dedicated time to plant over 350 million trees in half of a day. The surprise of it all is that the country's prime minister only asked for 200 million trees to be planted, but the anxious volunteers far outpaced that goals. They beat the world record by almost five times the amount India set in 2017, with 66 million trees planted in 12 hours.
On Twitter, it was stated by the African nation's minister for technology and innovation that, “353,663,660 tree seedlings planted in 12 hours.”
The country has a National Green Legacy Initiative. which has a goal of planting 4 billion trees between May and October 2019. So far, there have been 2.6 billion trees planted. There has been a huge emphasis on growing trees, due to climate change and deforestation in the country. Ethiopia currently has a forest coverage of 4%, which is much lower than it was 100 years ago, decreasing from 35%.
Head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh University said, “Trees not only help mitigate climate change by absorbing the carbon dioxide in the air, but they also have huge benefits in combating desertification and land degradation, particularly in arid countries. They also provide food, shelter, fuel, fodder, medicine, materials and protection of the water supply."
Congratulations are in order to Ethiopia! This would be a great challenge for all countries to try to beat each other in.