There are many amazing things that have made their way into the Guinness Book of World records, but we have to say that the new record set by Ecuador is by far one of the most impressive that we’ve ever seen. In one day, thousands of volunteers from around the country planted 647,250 tree saplings!
Ecuador is a small compared to its other South American counterparts but it is ranked as the eighth most biodiverse country in the world. Unfortunately, oil exploration, logging and urban development have also earned Ecuador the rare distinction of having the highest deforestation rate in South America. But thanks to this new record, it looks like things are looking up for Ecuador’s forests.
Reportedly, volunteers planted over 216 different tree species across a span of 2,000 hectares of land in over 150 locations across the country. This amazing effort was organized by the Ecuadorian government under a private-public initiative called “Siembratón.” This amazing group effectively broke the record for the most amount of species planted – previously it was held by the Phillippines with 150 tree species.
And now that they’ve broken a record for this record, the Ecuadorian government has its sights set on breaking a new one every month! This is only one small step towards their ultimate goal of reforesting over 500,000 hectares to neutralize their current deforestation rate.
Similar records seem to be cropping up across the world illustrating an incredibly refreshing shift towards the importance of reforestation efforts. In 2011, over 1.9 million trees were planted in India and Perth Australia broke the record for the most trees planted in a single location in an hour in 2014. All it takes is a group of volunteers, a whole bunch of ecosystem-appropriate tree saplings, and a whole lot of determination and any country can take a stab at breaking a new record.
We don’t know about you, but sounds like the exact thing we’d want to be in the Guinness Book of World Record for!
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