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India Plants 66 Million Trees In 12 Hours And Smashes Previous World Record

By Brian Spaen

India’s ongoing efforts to eliminate their carbon footprint reached their greatest height since signing onto the Paris Agreement last fall. At least 1.5 million people took part in planting over 66 million trees for an entire day in the country. This activity broke a world record that was actually previously held by India, as well.

The massive group of people started planting trees at 7:00 AM local time and continued working for the next 12 hours. Those 66.3 million trees were placed around Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh. 20 different species of saplings were planted in 24 districts around the river basin. To put it in perspective, this many people contributing is equivalent to the entire city of Phoenix or San Diego working together.

State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted out after the event, translating to: “Thank people of Jabalpur for making tree plantation a huge success. You are not only saving narmada, but also [the] planet.” By planting these saplings near the river, they will have the best chance of sprouting into long-living trees.