India Likely Broke World Record, Planting 50 Million Trees in 1 Week

Two weeks ago hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets of the Uttar Pradesh state in India to plant 50 million trees in 24 hours, in an attempt to beat the world record.Although six of the top 10 cities with the world’s worst air quality are in India, the country of 1.25 billion people is moving forward with climate change reduction efforts.

Not only do they have the world’s first 100 percent solar powered airport, and the world’s largest solar power station, but solar power has recently become cheaper than coal in India.

So increasing air quality with this 50-million-tree project is ambitious, but only a small part of India’s goals when it comes to fighting climate change.

"The world has realised that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change," the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, told volunteers in the city of Kannaui, which is 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the state capital, Lucknow.

http://www.sciencealert.com/india-planted-50-million-trees-in-just-24-hours-last-week

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