India has planted 66 million trees in just 12 hours, breaking their record. The mass tree planting happened last Sunday in the large central state: Madhya Pradesh between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
Volunteers flooded the area, between them planting 66 million tree saplings. Their previous world record was 49.3 million saplings in 24 hours planted in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India.
As part of the Paris Climate Change Conference, India vowed to increase their forest coverage to just over 95 million hectares by 2030. The Indian Government has pledged 6.2 billion toward the agreement, encouraging all states to get on-board the effort. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted:
#MPPlants6CroreTrees is effort in accordance with #ParisAccord. I am proud that Madhya Pradesh has been one of the first to initiate
India is one of the world’s biggest producers of carbon emissions. Delhi and the surrounding suburbs currently hold the record for the worst air quality in the world. India has also come under fire for coal-burning and burning of biomass fuel.
India is desperately trying to change their reputation as a smog and pollution fuelled country by investing millions into environmentalism and green energy at a local and national level.
Harsh Plant a New-Delhi based research organisation, explains India’s move away from coal burning towards a greener more environmentally friendly India.
Modi knows climate change is good politics. Climate change makes sense to Modi because he believes it as it is good economics and politics