In a historic move for the east African nation, Ethiopia has this week announced a tree-planting initiative, via UN Environment, to outdo virtually any other country in the world. Based initially at the Gulele Botanical Garden in the capital of Addis Ababa, volunteers began planting trees spanning right across the country, in an
attempt to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change.
353,633,660 Tree Seedlings Planted in 12 Hours,” Ethiopian minister for innovation and technology, Getahun Mekuria, shared on Twitter. The total surpassed the world record of 66 million trees planted in 12 hours, which was set by India in 2016.
The motive behind the initiative was to help reverse the changes to the climate that were created by deforestation. Currently, Ethiopia is a drought-prone country and according to the UN, the country’s forest coverage is only at four percent, a drastic change from the last century, when 35 percent of the country was covered in forest. Ethiopia became one of 20 other African countries to join the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative in 2017.