Ethiopians plant 200m trees in 1 day in new World record
Ethiopians have planted more than 200 million trees on Monday, breaking earlier world record.
The office of Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, tweeting about it before the exercise, said:
“Today Ethiopia is set in our attempt to break the world record together for a Green Legacy.”
“More than 224 million saplings had already been planted, state affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported, beating the previous world record held by India.
“Some schools and government offices were closed for the occasion and the prime minister told fellow Ethiopians to “go out and make your mark,” as he planted his own tree in the southern city of Arba Minch.
“Ahmed’s Green Legacy initiative, launched in May, aims to plant a total of 4 billion trees by the end of the year.
“Ethiopia’s rapidly growing population and lack of arable land pose a problem for the impoverished East African nation.
“In recent years environment has become a key issue in Ethiopia, the United Nations Development Programme says on their website.
“The main environmental problems in the country include: land degradation, soil erosion, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, desertification, recurrent drought, flood, water and air pollution.