On Monday over 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia – creating a world record, based on a government minister.
The planting is a part of a national “green legacy” drive to grow 4bn trees within the country this summer by inspiring every citizen to plant no less than 40 seedlings. Public offices have reportedly been shut down for civil servants to take part.
The project aims to fight the effects of deforestation and climate change within the drought-prone country. According to the UN, Ethiopia’s forest protection was simply 4% in the 2000s, down from 35% a century earlier.
Dr. Getahun Mekuria – Ethiopia’s Minister of Innovation and Technology, tweeted estimates of the number of trees planted all through the day. By early evening on Monday, he put the number at 353m.
The earlier world record for the most trees planted in one day stood at 50m, held by India since 2016.
Dr. Dan Ridley-Ellis, the head of the center for wooden science and technology at Edinburgh Napier University, stated: “Trees not solely assist alleviate climate change by absorbing the carbon dioxide within the air, however, also, they have considerable benefits in combating desertification and land erosion, particularly in dry nations. Additionally, they present food, shelter, fuel, fodder, medicine, materials, and protection of the water provide.
“This truly spectacular feat is not just the simple planting of trees, however part of a huge and complicated problem to take account of the brief- and long-term wants of each the bushes and the people. The forester’s mantra ‘the right tree in the right place’ more and more wants to consider the results of climate change, in addition to the ecological, social, cultural, and economic dimension.”