Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in a day
If they can do it we can do it too. Lets get engaged and organize something similar here!?
Planting spree, which officials say is a world record, is part of a campaign to fight deforestation and climate change.
Getahun Mekuria, Ethiopia’s minister of innovation and technology, said 353,633,660 seedlings were planted in 12 hours on Monday, July 29, 2019. The planting spree, which surpassed the initial goal of 200 million trees planted in one day, will be a world record, officials said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ambitious Green Legacy Initiative, launched in May, aims to plant four billion trees across Ethiopia by October.
“Today, Ethiopia is set in our attempt to break the world record together for a green legacy,” Abiy’s office said in a Twitter post on Monday. Some schools and government offices were closed for the occasion and Abiy told fellow Ethiopians to “go out and make your mark”, as he planted his own tree in the southern city of Arba Minch.
So far, more than 2.6 billion trees have been planted in almost all parts of the East African nation, agricultural officials say.
According to Farm Africa, an organisation involved in forest management in Ethiopia, less than four percent of the country’s land is now forested, a sharp decline from about 30 percent at the end of the 19th century.