Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in just one day to fight climate change
Posted on 05/08/2019
The government of Ethiopia announced that a record number of over 350 million trees were planted all over the country in just 12 hours last week. Thousands of Ethiopians were invited to take part in this project which aims to counter the negative effects of climate change and deforestation.
Green Legacy is a national campaign that tackles climate change
The impressive record of 350 million trees planted was announced on Twitter by Getahun Mekuria, Ethiopia's Minister of Innovation and Technology. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched the ambitious project as part of his Green Legacy Initiative, a plan that aims to reduce environmental damage in the African country and to educate the public on environmental issues. According to the United Nations, Ethiopa's forest coverage considerably declined from 35% a century ago to 4% in the 2000s.
Last week, thousands of volunteers gathered in approximately 1,000 sites across the country. Officials were out of office for the day and had the responsibility to count the seedlings planted by volunteers. In the past few months, promotional videos have been broadcast across the country to encourage citizens to plant and take care of trees.
Abiy Ahmed even rolled his sleeves up to plant a few trees along with other volunteers. The country's government plans to plant a total of 4 billion indigenous trees by the end of the year. So far, more than half the target has been reached. The previous world record for planting trees in one day was held by India where around 800,000 volunteers planted more than 50 million trees in 2016.