#Environment: How Fast Can you Plant A Tree? India Breaks Record in 12 Hours

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Indian women plant saplings on the outskirts of Allahabad, India, Monday, July 11, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of people in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh are jostling for space as they attempt to plant 50 million trees over the next 24 hours in hopes of setting a world record. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Around 1.5 million volunteers planted more than 66 million trees in just 12 hours as part of a record-breaking environmental campaign in India on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Organised by the Madhya Pradesh government, over 20 different species of trees were planted by the volunteers who imbedded an average of 44 saplings each along the Narmada River in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

Also, in other parts of the country, volunteers in the state of Kerala planted more than 10 million in 24 hours in June this year and Maharashtra is set to plant 40 million later this year as part of the nationwide reforestation campaign.

Deforestation in India is a growing issue with its increasing population of 1 billion people in need of more agricultural land and housing.

Under the Paris Agreement, India has pledged to increase its forests by 95 million hectares by 2030, costing around $6.2 billion.

The previous record was also set in India, when volunteers in Uttar Pradesh state set a world record by planting over 50 million trees in one day in July 2016.

Observers from Guinness World Records monitored the mass plantation, and are expected to confirm the new record within the coming weeks.

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