August 2019

Ethiopia Breaks One-Day Record for Number of Trees Planted

According to the BBC, 350 million trees were planted in just 12 hours.This easily tops the former 2017 record of 66 million trees planted in India.The  event was held on July 29 and completed by volunteers across the East African country.It is apart of a campaign called Green Legacy, which was started by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.By October this year, Ahmen's initiative is looking to plant four billion trees within Ethiopia's borders.As of the 2000s, forests only cover around 4% of total land in Ethiopia.A century beforehand, 35% of Ethiopia was populated by trees.