In a bid to fight deforestation and climate change, Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day, a number that has been described as a world record.
The planting spree was initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, tagged “Green Legacy” and aims to plant four billion trees across Ethiopia by October. In 2017, India set the world record when 1.5 million volunteers planted 66 million in 12 hours, as Ethiopia surpasses this number.
Abiy who encouraged citizens to forge ahead with the desired goal, also praised their collective effort to have exceeded it.
Ethiopia is one of the East African countries suffering from climate crisis, land degradation, soil erosion and recurrent drought. In 2017, it (Ethiopia) pledged to restore 100 million hectares of land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration initiative.
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