The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Millions of Ethiopians across the country were invited to take part in the challenge and within the first six hours, Ahmed tweeted that around 150 million trees had been planted.
“We’re halfway to our goal,” he said and encouraged Ethiopians to “build on the momentum in the remaining hours.” After the 12-hour period ended, the Prime Minister took to Twitter again to announce that Ethiopia not only met its “collective #GreenLegacy goal,” but exceeded it.
As stated on Twitter:
353,633,660 Tree Seedlings Planted in 12 Hours. This is in #Ethiopians
Regional Shares of Trees Planted today.
Mr. Mekuria, the country’s minster for innovation and technology, tweeted that 353,633,660 tree seedlings total were planted on July 29 as part of the initiative.
According to the Atlanta Black Star:
Guinness World Records currently recognizes India as the one-day tree-planting record-holder on its website. There, 800,000 people planted more than 50 million saplings three years ago.
Ethiopia’s larger goal is to plant 4 billion trees during the rainy season between May and October, Ahmed said on Twitter in May.
A recent study estimated that restoring the world’s lost forests could remove two thirds of planet-warming carbon that human activity caused, according to CNN.
As the BBC writes. Ethiopia joined more than 20 other African nations to restore 100 million hectares of land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative.
That’s more than 247 million acres.
As I wrote before:
As the Big Think and ROBBY BERMAN on 11 July, 2019 report that a new study lays out a data-driven plan for planting trees. A plan that would capture 2/3 of atmospheric carbon dioxide.