More than 800,000 people of Uttar Pradesh in India is attempting to break the world record for the highest number of trees planted in a 24-hour period. Uttar Pradesh state of India officials distributed 50 million tree saplings across the state to help India increase its forest cover and to break the Guinness World record for the number of trees planted in 24 hours—which was set by Pakistan in 2013 with 847,275 trees—the AP reported.
This mass-planting event is to raise awareness of the government’s colossal nation-wide plan to make India green again. At the Paris Climate Change Conference, India pledged to increase forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030. India’s government is putting forward $6.2 billion for this effort.
Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told the AP that this record-breaking attempt would help spread awareness and enthusiasm about afforestation and conservation.
The Associated Press quoted the state’s Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, as saying that “the world has realized that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Uttar Pradesh has made a beginning in this regard.” Yadav made the comments to volunteers gathered in the city of Kannauj, 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of the state capital, Lucknow. More than 800,000 people across the state were given millions of saplings to plant at designated spots along roads, rail tracks, and forested areas.
The Indian government is encouraging all states to start tree-planting drives like the one in Uttar Pradesh. The government has designated more than $6.2 billion for this purpose alone. India pledged to push its forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030.
Sites where the saplings have been planted with be monitored through aerial photographs, Sanjeev Saran, the senior forest official, told the AP. Normally, only 60 percent of saplings survive so it is important for the government to check how many are thriving or dying.
Auditors from Guinness World Records, working “incognito” according to Saran, are checking on the numbers of saplings planted.
“They are out in the field and are supervising the plantation drive,” he said. “We do not know who they are or where they are at this point in time.”
h/t – inhabitat.com