Speed Reading — Planting Trees - Level 5 — 500 wpm

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Ethiopia broke the world record for the most trees planted in one day, while also making the world a little greener. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours on Monday. This smashed the record held by India by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's government announced the record-breaking feat on Twitter. It proudly revealed that people planted 353,633,660 trees in a bid to help the environment. Ethiopia's Prime Minister, who participated in the tree planting, congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their bit to help the planet.

Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a strategy to plant 4 billion trees by October. The country is on its way to achieve this. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted over 2.6 billion trees. Ethiopia is trying to reverse the cutting down of its forests. Less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forested. This is a sharp decline from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the end of the 19th century. Planting billions of trees is the cheapest and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and help to tackle global warming.

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