The event took place in Uttar Pradesh Monday, one of the most populated cities in the north. More than 800,000 people of all ages, from students to housewives and government officials, have planted 49.3 million seedlings in a period of only 24 hours. Seedlings of 80 different species were brought in from 950 greenhouses in the country.
Earlier, Pakistan had record after residents of this state have planted 847 275 trees in 2013, but the Indians attempt has already been certified by the Guinness Book as the new holder of the title.
Under the Paris Convention on Climate Change, India said it would enhance growth forests over an area of 95 million hectares by 2030, the Indian government investing 6.2 billion dollars for this purpose.
,, The world has realized that massive efforts are needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global climate change, '' said Indian Prime Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Because of increasing population and rapid development of industry, India is known for poor air quality. A recent report has placed six of Indian cities (Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna, Raipur, Ludhiana and Delhi) in the top 10 most polluted cities in the world.
Source: IFL Science