Many of you know us as Tree Ottawa, an Ecology Ottawa initiative striving to plant one million trees by 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday. This process has taken us numerous months, and there is no denying the amount of time it takes to make this happen.
India has done the same work we’re trying to do, just 50 times faster.
In an attempt to bring awareness to conservation and to help air quality in smoggy cities, India hosted a massive tree planting in Uttar Pradest, a populous state in the north of their country. More than 800,000 people came out, ranging in both age and occupation. Students, housewives, government workers, and various others all came together to plant roughly 50 million trees (49.3 million to be exact) in 24 hours.
What makes this even better is that this wasn’t a monoculture planting. The trees planted included over 80 different species of trees, coming from 950 different nurseries around the state.
What propelled this amazing act? At the Paris Climate Change Conference, India promised to green up their country by increasing forest cover to 95 million hectares by 2030. And it looks like they’re already on a fast-track to success! How’s that for green?
The world can definitely learn a thing or two from this. People can come together. A million trees can be planted. If India can plant 50 times more trees than we can in less than two days, then we for sure can make our Million Tree Campaign happen!
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