Students, officials, lawmakers, and other concerned citizens of India have just planted 220 million saplings in a single day.
The government campaign, assisted by a million Indians in the country’s most populated state, is a step at combating climate change and simultaneously improving the environment.
Though India agreed to keep a third of its land’s trees, the country’s 1.3 billion residents and booming urbanization and industrialization has made meeting that pledge difficult.
But forest official Bivhas Ranjan helped to rally residents of northern Uttar Pradesh state to plant multiple varieties of trees along railroad tracks, roads, and in forested areas hit by logging and other industry. The task was complete by 5 p.m.