Ethiopia has broken world record for largest number of trees planted in one day, while simultaneously making the world little greener. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours earlier this week. This smashed previous record, held by India, by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's minister of innovation and technology announced his country's record-breaking feat on Twitter. He proudly revealed that people had planted 353,633,660 trees in bid to help environment. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who participated in tree planting festivities, congratulated everyone involved in record for their efforts and for doing their bit for planet.
Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of wider strategy of planting 4 billion trees between May and October. The country is well on its way to achieving this goal. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted more than 2.6 billion trees nationwide. Ethiopia is attempting to reverse cutting down of many of its forests. The Farm Africa organization reports that less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forested. This is sharp decline from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at end of 19th century. recent study reported that planting billions of trees was cheapest and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus help to tackle global warming.