Trees are essential for life. They are the lungs of the Earth. They function as a truly organic air filter as they take in carbon dioxide and release the oxygen we breathe. Trees are also home to several birds, mammals, amphibians, and more. Unfortunately, many people treat trees the same way as agricultural animals…as a pure commodity to generate income.
This crime continues to be committed by big businesses, as well as rural villagers because as it turns out trees are “worth” more when they’re chopped down and removed to make way for other industries like animal agriculture or palm oil. Unfortunately, we are facing the consequences of clear-cutting the world’s forests. It is estimated that if we do not take action to protect and restore the world’s forests, we will only have around 19 years to reign in the most dire impacts of climate change. Additionally, around just over half of the world’s wildlife has disappeared in the past 4 decades. This is largely due to a loss of habitat.
If we hope to restore the damage done to the planet, we need to take serious action to reduce the number of trees we’re destroying and actively work to reforest depleted areas. Which is precisely what a group of over 800,000 people in Uttar Pradesh, India, have done. In only one day, this incredible collective of volunteers and government officials banded together to plant a total of nearly 50 million tree. This is simply outstanding!
This massive effort was carried out as part of the commitment India made at the Paris Climate Summit to reforest 12 percent of its land.
“The world has realized that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change,” said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. According to another report in National Geographic, officials are hoping that this massive effort will help improve the air quality in India, which suffers from some of the worst air pollution on Earth. The World Health Organization’s list of 10 most polluted cities, includes 6 major Indian cities. That is one list you don’t want to be on.
A minor goal that came about during this massive tree planting was that the citizens of Uttar Pradesh hoped to break a Guinness World Record for most trees planted in 24 hours. While officials from Guinness still have to certify the number of trees planted, it appears India will shatter the previous mark that was held by by Pakistan with 847, 275 trees.
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