Ambition is an excellent driver for success, especially when it comes to the fight against climate change. According to a recent study, reforestation is the most effective way to combat the effects of climate change. In short, planting billions of trees is our best chance against the rapid degradation of Earth’s ecological system.
We decided to identify the foremost efforts made towards reforestation. To our surprise, we found countries that planted millions of trees in a single day! Here is a list of some of the most extensive single-day tree plantation drives conducted around the world.
Ethiopia: 350 Million Trees in 12 Hours
As per the officials of the country, Ethiopia, a drought-prone country, planted over 350 million trees within 12 hours under its Green Legacy Initiative. The private sector, the government officials, staff, and representatives of the UN, along with the African Union, joined hands together for this drive.
Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, has been at the forefront of this initiative. His primary intent is to recover the lost forests of the nation and curb the adverse effects of deforestation. Ethiopia aims to plant over 4 billion saplings by the end of this campaign. The African country lost most of its forest during the 20th century. Its forest cover dropped from 35% in the early 20th century to 4% in the early 2000s.
It is important to note that these figures are yet to be confirmed by an independent agency. However, it is nonetheless an effort that the entire world can take inspiration from.
India: 50 Million Trees in 24 Hours
India, the second-most populous country of the world, is known for its cultural heritage, emerging economy, and growing carbon signature (fourth-largest carbon signature). While the country has below-average per capita CO2 emissions when compared with other major economies, it’s critical to understand that the energy requirements of its massive population have just started to grow. Its carbon signature is likely to increase in proportion to this growing demand for energy.
To address the problem, the country is running multiple tree plantation campaigns. Its most extensive single-day plantation drive accounts for more than 50 million trees. These were planted within 24 hours in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. More than 800,000 government officials, students, and volunteers came together to achieve this goal.
India currently holds the Guinness World record for the most trees planted in 24 hours (team). Moreover, it pledged to grow its forest area by 235 million acres by 2030 at the 2015 climate change summit in Paris.
India Again: 220 Million Trees in a Single Day
The country holds another spot in our list of largest single-day tree plantation drives. According to the Associated Press, the country planted over 220 million trees in a one-day drive. Similarly, it was conducted in the most populous state of the country, Uttar Pradesh. The official sources confirm that the target was achieved by 5 PM.
The developing nation is using technology to track its plantation efforts. As per the official sources, the pits are geo-tagged for easy tracking, and the saplings are assigned QR codes for systematic management.
TreeCoin: Ready to Plant Over 10 Million Trees
Working in line with these initiatives, TreeCoin is aiming to plant over 10 million trees during the first phase of its project. Our goal is to create a sustainable timber production, management model that doesn’t exploit natural resources, and instead, focuses on maintaining an ecological balance.
TreeCoin is running a hybrid token offering (HTO) to raise funds for this drive. If you’re ready to commit in the fight against climate change, start by participating in TreeCoin’s HTO. You can read more about our project here.