One and a half million volunteers saw an Indian environmental campaign smash a reforestation world record.
As part of the Paris Climate Agreement, India has made many commitments to improve its environmental performance.
It has been reported that India’s forest cover is being replenished ahead of the world average, they have also committed to replacing all fossil fuel run vehicles with electric cars by 2030, as well as pushing green energy over its more damaging counterparts. One of their pledges was to increase its forests by five million hectares before the 2030 deadline.
On Sunday of last weekend (July 2nd), over 1.5 million people came together in the state of Madhya Pradesh, to plant trees along the banks of the Narmada river.
A similar event, which took place last year, saw over 50 million trees being planted.
The Independent reported:
“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.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the state’s chief minister, described the efforts as a “historic day”, before outlining that volunteers including children and the elderly had planted 66.3 million saplings between 7am and 7pm, adding in a tweet: “By planting trees we are not only serving Madhya Pradesh but the world at large.”
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.”