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Fighting Climate Change: 66 Million Trees Planted in 12 Hours

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To help the environment, India broke a major record by planting 66 million trees in 12 hours.

Inspired by the Paris Agreement and committed to making positive strides toward combatting climate change, about 1.5 million people placed saplings along the Narmada River in the state of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, July 2.

This was done as a component of India’s promise in the Paris Agreement and was organized by the Madhya Pradesh government. The South Asian nation pledged to increase forests by five million hectares before the year 2030, or 29 percent of the country’s land.

Twenty-four parcels of the Narmada river basin were selected as planting sites, based on higher estimates of the tree saplings’ survival. Over 20 species of tree were planted in these spots.

The state’s chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, called July 2 a “historic day,” explaining that people young and old planted 66.3 million saplings between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

With a population of over 1.25 billion, and as the world’s third largest generator of carbon emissions, the role India plays in the Paris Climate Agreement is pivotal. This planting event occurred a month after India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, once again pronounced India’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

“The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith,” Mr. Modi declared while in Paris last month.

India’s reaffirmation of obligation to the Paris accord follows the controversial exit of the United States from the same agreement.

Just this week, the ten U.S. senators who represented the United States at the 21st Conference of the Parties in 2015 have urged President Donald Trump to reconsider and reverse his decision to leave the Paris Agreement. They cite 900 businesses, including 20 Fortune 500 companies, which support the critical climate change accord, hoping to change the president’s mind.

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  • Stephanie Casella is a writer based just outside of New York City. She generally writes on politics, news, and culture, but occasionally delves into social issues, travel, science, food, and lifestyle.

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