Volunteers Plant 66 Million Trees in 12 Hours, Smashing Guinness World Record

February 21, 2019 at 2:23 am

1.5 million volunteers worked together to help reach a larger goal of reforesting the planet by 2030

India, China, Pakistan and several African countries are rapidly  reforesting degraded farmland, as part of a larger goal to cut global deforestation in half by 2020, and end it by 2030.

India smashed the world record recently by planting 66 million trees between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

1.5 million volunteers, including children and the elderly, planted more than 20 different species in a river basin to increase their chances of survival.

The country surpassed the previous Guinness World Record it set the year before by planting 50 million trees in 24 hours, and plans to plant 220 million more in 2019.

The effort is part of the commitment India made when it signed the Paris Climate Treaty in 2016.

The country agreed to spend $6 billion to reforest 12 percent of its land (bringing its total forest cover to about 30 percent) by 2020.

India has experienced massive deforestation over the past few centuries, as result of urban and agricultural expansion (aka population growth).

A group of African nations have also pledged to reforest 250 million acres.

Healthy forests sequester greenhouse gases and help prevent global warming.