A recent tree planting event in Uttar Pradesh, India, aimed Tuesday to break a Guinness World Record by planting the most trees in one day, 50 million.
The Times of India reported
that 4.93 crore saplings were planted by the 10 a.m. local deadline on Tuesday. A crore is a unit in the Indian numerical system equivalent to 10 million.
Before Tuesday, the record for the most trees planted in one day was 847,275, set in Pakistan in 2013, according to The Associated Press
Officials in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, passed out millions of saplings for planting across the state in an effort to increase the country's forest coverage.
"It is a massive exercise for which the preparations began six months ago," Mukesh Kumar, chief conservator of forest for Uttar Pradesh's western zone, told the Times of India. "The government had at that time communicated to the Guinness Book of World Records about its initiative."
"The Guinness office acknowledged the effort in 'official attempt' category. The government had roped in TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute) for carrying out carbon sequestration connected with the exercise. The institute also played active role in selection of sites and digging up pits for plantation," Kumar added.
According to the Indian Express
, various saplings were planted Monday and Tuesday, including peepal, sheesham, sagaun, neem, arjun, imli, gular, mahua, and jamun. The Energy Research Institute for Carbon Sequestration evaluated the planting.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh's top elected official, said that he hopes the effort brings attention to environmental conservation.
"The world has realized that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change," Yadav told The AP. "Uttar Pradesh has made a beginning in this regard."
The Associated Press noted that last year Uttar Pradesh set a new Guinness World Record for the largest distribution of saplings by donating more than one million trees that were planted at 10 locations in the state.
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