PHILLIPINES — In an effort to combat climate change and increasing deforestation, environmentalists in the Philippines planted 64,096 trees last week, breaking the Guinness Book World Record.
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The Independent reports that almost 7,000 people helped to plant saplings in the Philippines province of Camrines Sur. The planting was part of a government-backed program aiming to plant 12 million trees in the region’s logged forests. Forests in the Philippines are considered to be one of the ten most threatened forests in the world.
Conservation International reports that these threatened forests store over 25 gigatons of carbon. Meanwhile, 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are due to deforestation. In an effort to protect the world’s forests, and in turn, protect all citizens of the world, the UN has proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Forests.
The previous Guinness Record set for the most trees planted simultaneously was 50,033 trees planted in India last year. It’s reported that the latest eco-friendly feat took just 15 minutes.