From the Associated Press:
“Ethiopians planted more than 200 million trees on Monday, which officials stated will be a world record.”
More than 200 million trees. On Monday! Actually, more than 224 million, according to the state–affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate.
I don’t know about you, but reading that made my jaw drop. I can barely imagine planting one million trees, let alone, over two hundred twenty-four times that many.
On one day.
The trees were planted in an effort to “help restore the country’s landscape which experts say is fast being eroded by deforestation and climate change.”(AP)
And that’s not the end of it. Between May and October, their objective is to plant 4 billion trees.
Yeah. Four…billion. And here I am debating on whether to plant one in my yard.
Anyway, good on Ethiopia for fighting back against the effects of climate change. Though that isn’t the only reason for this African country’s deforestation, it can’t be ignored, either, like it is somewhere like…oh, say, the United States.
The planters are made up of “ordinary Ethiopians, various international organizations and the business community.”(AP) Imagine, businesses and regular folks working in cooperation to deal with the climate change problem.
All initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. A government leader!
Ethiopia, I’m jealous.
UPDATE: 353,633,660 MILLION TREES PLANTED IN 12 HOURS ON MONDAY IN ETHIOPIA. WOW!!!!