It’s a beautiful thing when neighbors come together. As the Independent reports, about 1.5 million volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India spent their Sunday planting trees. They started in the morning, and by the time evening rolled around, they had put over 66 million saplings in the ground—likely a new world record.
According to the state’s chief minister, Shirvraj Singh Chouhan, the volunteers planted 20 different tree species across 24 districts, mostly along the banks of the Narmada river. A video shows people of all ages climbing up and down scaffolded hillsides, digging holes and tucking the young trees inside.
“I am overwhelmed to witness the enthusiasm of volunteers planting trees,” Chouhan tweeted yesterday morning, a few hours into the initiative.
India has promised to increase its forests by 95 million hectares over the next 13 years as part of their contribution to the Paris Agreement. This will require covering nearly one-third of the country with vegetation.
Sunday’s effort likely outdid the current one-day tree planting record of 50 million, set last year by volunteers in Uttar Pradesh. Guinness World Record officials are expect to deliver an official verdict on this sometime in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, it seems safe to say that everyone has won.
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