Nearly 50 million trees were planted in just under 24 hours, in the country of India.
India is one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, and recently adopted a $6.2 billion proposal to reforest 12% of the country in an effort to repair some of the environmental damage being done.
The 24-hour event recently took place on July 11th, and gathered an audience of more than 800,000 people. Participants were from Uttar Pradesh, and they took part in planting various trees around India’s northern states. All together, the volunteers planted a total of 49.3 million tree saplings from 80 different tree species. Every single one was locally sourced from nurseries in Uttar Pradesh, in order to keep the area as ecologically sound as possible.
The most populated state in India, Uttar Pradesh, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for planting the most trees in a single day. The record was previously held by the country of Pakistan, who planted 847,275 trees in one day in 2013.
Trees were planted in several different societal areas- along highways, railroad tracks, small roads, and publicly owned forests.
The Paris Climate Agreement was signed Earth Day 2016. In it, India designated $6.2 billion towards an effort to reforest areas across India in order to increase India’s forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by the year 2030. The central government wishes to encourage all of India’s states to take part in planting trees similar to the campaigns in Uttar Pradesh.
There is one concern, however. The mortality rate of the trees, from planting such a large quantity of them is a short period of time could lead to several issues. Lack of water, disease and the inability to care for all of the newly planted trees in the first fragile few months leads to as high as a 40% mortality rate. Aerial photography hopes to aid in monitoring the trees at regular intervals.