Ethiopia Plants ‘More Than 350 Million Trees’ In One Day
Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in a single day, officials have said, in what they claimed was a world record.
The enormous amount of trees were apparently planted by Monday evening which is believed to have been a record-breaking amount and one that also surpassed their initial goal to plant 200 million.
The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Millions of Ethiopians across the country were invited to take part in the challenge.
The Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, tweeted on Monday morning saying: “Today Ethiopia is set in our attempt to break the world record together for a green legacy. The 12hr countdown has begun.”
Six hours in and they tweeted again saying: “Ethiopia the six-hour result shows we’re halfway to our goal. Congratulations for this milestone as we all #PlantOurPrint for a #GreenLegacy. Let’s build on the momentum in the remaining hours.”
According to the Independent, the tree-planting initiative is part of the prime minister’s plan to help restore the country’s landscape, which experts say is quickly being eroded by deforestation and climate change.