Ethiopia breaks World Record by planting more than 353 million trees in 12 hours.
Ethiopians have planted 353,633,660 trees seedlings in 12 hours, exceeding the initial goal of planting 200 million seedlings.
The project, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, aimed at overcoming climate change and the negative effects of deforestation in the country.
Millions of Ethiopians, government officials including diplomats took part in the campaign.
Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed congratulated Ethiopians for not only meeting the target but also exceeding it. The premier further stated that this activity is a strong message to the whole world.
Prime Minister’s Green Legacy initiative, launched in May, aims to plant a total of 4 billion trees in this rainy season.
Since May when the tree planting drive was launched, the Prime Minister made it a focal point of all his meetings and engagements around the country.
The World Record for planting tree seedlings in one-day was held by India that involved about 800,000 volunteers to plant over 50 million seedlings in 2016, it was learned.