Ethiopia set a world record by planting more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours

Amidst the news of heavy rains and flooded areas, we recently came across a news that is a good one to hear, but at the same time challenges our thinking and living, asks us that are we not responsible humans yet? We are talking of Ethiopia’s record breaking tree plantation, which happened on Monday, 29th July.

In the wake of reducing vegetation percentage of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched this campaign under his Green Legacy Initiative. According to reports, the total percentage of ‘green’ in the country declined to 4% from 35% since the last century. The ministry of Innovation and Technology of the country has claimed that it has set a world record by planting more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours by planting various saplings and seedlings in almost 1000 locations across the country. With this they claim that they have broken the record held by India of planting about 50 million trees in 2016.

The event was attended by Prime Minister himself and many other officials from the country as well as UN’s representatives for Africa, which again was important for the country. Many other international organizations were a part of the historical day at Gulele Botanical garden in Addis Ababa. Though the aim was to plant 200 million trees, it was overwhelming to know that more than the expected numbers of seedlings have been planted. It is believed that this will counter the effects of deforestation and climate change. This was just a part of a big campaign that aims to plant almost 4 billion trees between May and October of this year.

With this incredible news, we feel happy that the vegetation is being restored; we also feel that somewhere we didn’t act as responsible and considerate as was expected from us. With fast growing urban areas and rapid demand of land, the decline of forest cover is sure to happen. Surely such campaigns and initiatives set an example for the rest of the world, it is equally important for each one of us to be sensible towards environment. Otherwise the day is not far when there would be many such campaigns happening around the world in the ‘hope’ of restoring mother earth’s health.

The PMO used hashtags like #PlantYourPrint and #GreenLegacy to promote the campaign on twitter. See the twitter post here.

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