Volunteers in India planted more than 66 million trees in just 12 hours in a record-breaking environmental drive.
About 1.5 million people were involved in the huge plantation campaign, in which saplings were placed along the Narmada river in the central state of Madhya Pradesh throughout Sunday.
India committed under the Paris agreement to increasing its forests by 95 million hectares before 2030 to combat climate change. Last year volunteers in Uttar Pradesh state set a world record by planting more than 50 million trees in one day.
[email protected] ji for a world record plantation drive along Narmada river. More such initiatives is the need of the hour... pic.twitter.com/qc0KiFnhhb— Om Prakash Mathur (@OmMathur_bjp) July 3, 2017
#MadhyaPradesh government aims to create new #GuinnessWorldRecord by planting 6 crore saplings along #Narmada river today pic.twitter.com/kQSG79Fo7H — Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) July 2, 2017
Observers from Guinness World Records also monitored Sunday's plantation and are expected to confirm in the coming weeks that the effort set a new high.
The campaign was organised by the Madhya Pradesh government, with 24 distracts of the Narmada river basin chosen as planting sites to increase the saplings' chances of survival. Volunteers planted more than 20 different species of trees.
Villagers of Konda in Dhar district have gathered to plant 10,000 saplings as part of the historic #MPPlants6CroreTrees pic.twitter.com/epU7ci2POU — CMO Madhya Pradesh (@CMMadhyaPradesh) July 2, 2017
India is the world's third largest generator of carbon emissions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month reaffirmed his country's commitment to the Paris climate accord after the US withdrew from the deal.
“The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith,” he said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.