Socially distanced tree planting sees 250 million new trees in India

India’s climate change plans mean millions are planting saplings. It takes a lot of manpower to plant 250…

India’s climate change plans mean millions are planting saplings.

It takes a lot of manpower to plant 250 million trees. Recently, the city of Lucknow saw upwards of 2 million individuals coming together on one day with the goal of planting trees all around northern India. They were planting on farmlands, on the borders of rivers, and around government buildings.

Lucknow is the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. India has the climate change goal of keeping one third of the country’s total land covered in forest, so officials got to work handing out millions of baby trees across the state.

The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, declared July 5th to be the beginning of this goal as he launched the campaign from the capital of the state, Lucknow:

India has pledged to increase its forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, and it starts now.

Yogi Adityanath

Because both India’s population and industry are growing, a lot is being asked of the land. This tree planting goal will hopefully relieve some of the pressure on the land.

The recent planting was focused on Uttar Pradesh and the Ganges river:

We are committed to increase the forest cover of Uttar Pradesh to over 15% of the total land area in next five years. In today’s campaign, over 20 million trees will be planted at the banks of the Ganges river, which will help in keeping this mighty river clean.

Yogi Adityanath

People planting wore masks and tried to keep their distance from each other so as not to unwittingly spread COVID-19. These individuals were officials and lawmakers, as well as nonprofit organization volunteers.

Awanish Awasthi, a spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh government, said that in their efforts to keep records of the campaign, video recordings are being taken and the saplings are getting tags to identify them.

It is true that the planting of this many saplings does not guarantee that there will be as many new trees. When so many saplings are planted at once, survival rates for trees are lower, at around 60%.

Still, that is 40% more trees than before—thanks to a campaign that may also inspire more tree planting globally.

Article source: AP

Featured image source: Uttar Pradesh state government via AP

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