An estimated 1.5 million volunteers planted more than 66 million trees in just 12 hours as part of a record-breaking environmental campaign.
As part of its voluntary commitment under the Paris Agreement, India pledged to increase its forests by five million hectares before 2030 to combat climate change.
Last year, the state of Uttar Pradesh’s reforestation effort resulted in almost 50 million trees being planted in 24 hours, with the help of 800,000 volunteers.
This weekend, Madhya Pradesh managed to top last year’s numbers in nearly half the time, planting saplings from more than 20 different species of trees along the Narmada river.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the state’s chief minister, described Sunday’s efforts as a “historic day”.
— CMO Madhya Pradesh (@CMMadhyaPradesh) July 2, 2017
“By planting trees we are not only serving Madhya Pradesh but the world at large,” he tweeted.
The Independent adds:
India is the world’s third largest generator of carbon emissions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the Paris climate accord after the US withdrew from the deal.
“The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith,” he said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 2, 2017