Addis Ababa (dpa) – Ethiopians dug in to help plant more than 200 million trees in the climate change-ravaged country on Monday, breaking the previous world record…
“Today Ethiopia is set in our attempt to break the world record together for a #GreenLegacy,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office tweeted earlier in the day.
More than 224 million saplings had already been planted by the afternoon, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported, beating the previous world record held by India.
Some schools and government offices were closed for the occasion and the prime minister told fellow Ethiopians to “go out and make your mark,” as he planted his own tree in the southern city of Arba Minch.
— Awol Allo (@awolallo) July 29, 2019
Abiy’s Green Legacy initiative, launched in May, aims to plant a total of 4 billion trees by year’s end
Ethiopia’s rapidly growing population and lack of arable land pose a problem for the impoverished east African nation.
“In recent years environment has become a key issue in Ethiopia,” the United Nations Development Programme says on their website.
“The main environmental problems in the country include land degradation, soil erosion, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, desertification, recurrent drought, flood and water and air pollution.”
Today, our Embassy took part in the nation’s 200 mill seedlings a day planting campaign. The UK has been supporting the planting of an estimated 95 million trees through our contribution to the Productive Safety Net Programme and will continue to support Ethiopia’s #GreenLegacy. pic.twitter.com/cKtBK2FYHZ
— UK in Ethiopia 🇬🇧 (@UKinEthiopia) July 29, 2019
PM Abiy Ahmed met with @WFPChief to discuss further strengthening support to #Ethiopia. WFP have been engaged in food security & nutrition, and early warning & climate action among other focal areas. The two planted seedlings as part of the #GreenLegacy initiative. #PMOEthiopia pic.twitter.com/UhK9nkHG4n
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) July 25, 2019
#Ethiopia: As Ethiopians joined @PMEthiopia‘s #GreenLegacy initiative with a promise to plant 200 m seedlings today, team AS would like to recognize @fairytale0716 for mobilizing #EthioTweeps & everyone who participated in this inspiring civic duty yesterday.#???????? 🌳 pic.twitter.com/JpqGsX6aGJ
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) July 29, 2019
Author: ANA Newswire