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Amazing!! More Than 350 Million Trees Planted In Single Day In Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has kick started a brilliant campaign to plant four billion trees between May and October and going by the seriousness and interest, it looks like they will reach their target. The fact that they have planted over 350 million trees in a single day shows how they are going about their business.

The trees were planted by Monday evening and has exceeded their expectations of planting 200 million trees.

The Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, tweeted on Monday morning saying: “Today Ethiopia is set in our attempt to break the world record together for a green legacy. The 12hr countdown has begun.”

Six hours in and they tweeted again saying: “Ethiopia the six hour result shows we’re halfway to our goal. Congratulations for this milestone as we all #PlantOurPrint for a #GreenLegacy. Let’s build on the momentum in the remaining hours.”

At the end of the day, a final tweet came commending the work that was put in.

The programme is part of the prime minister’s plan to help restore the country’s landscape, which according to experts is being eroded by deforestation and climate change.

As a result of their campaign, Ethiopia has managed to break the previous record set by India. The democratic country had planted 50 million trees in a single day in 2016.

Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis, the head of the centre for wood science and technology at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “Trees not only help mitigate climate change by absorbing the carbon dioxide in the air, but they also have huge benefits in combating desertification and land degradation, particularly in arid countries.”

He continued: “They also provide food, shelter, fuel, fodder, medicine, materials and protection of the water supply.

“This truly impressive feat is not just the simple planting of trees, but part of a huge and complicated challenge to take account of the short – and long-term needs of both the trees and the people.

“The forester’s mantra ‘the right tree in the right place’ increasingly needs to consider the effects of climate change, as well as the ecological, social, cultural and economic dimension.”

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