Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in one day as part of its Green Legacy initiative.
Led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Green Legacy is a project which aims to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change. The UN says Ethiopia’s forest coverage declined from 35% of total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% in the 2000s.
This was an official attempt at breaking the world record for planting trees in a single day. The current record is held by India, which saw 800,000 volunteers’ plant more than 50 million trees in 2016. It is believed that Ethiopia has broken this record although it has not been officially confirmed yet.