15 lakh people from Madhya Pradesh attempted to create a new Guinness World Record by planting more than 6 crore trees within a span of 12 hours.
People from all walks of life and age groups, including children, housewives, professionals and the elderly, participated in the event that took place on Sunday and set a new record by planting a total of 6, 67,50,000 tree saplings which included two-dozen variants of plants. Guinness officials were present at the event to monitor the drive, however, no decision has been announced by the agency yet.
The event was inaugurated by the state’s chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after a puja (prayer) and planting of saplings at Amarkantak, the originating point of the Narmada river. All the saplings were planted in 24 districts lying in the Narmada river basin.
Prior to this, a similar record was created by Uttar Pradesh by planting around 5 crore trees in 24 hours in July 2016.
India had pledged to enhance its forest cover to 95 million hectares by 2030 under the Paris Climate Pact. The Indian government will be contributing approximately 402 hundred crore rupees towards the project.
This initiative by the government and people of Madhya Pradesh was an effort to aid the Indian government’s plan to cope with the widespread deforestation happening all over the country. Other states that have planted trees on a large scale in an attempt to restore and increase the forest cover of the country include Kerala (planted 1 crore trees in June this year).
Lauding people’s efforts and enthusiasm, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he is greatly indebted to all those who were planting trees on that day. He also said that people are saving the environment and doing their bit towards climate change by participating in the tree plantation drive.