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