Ethiopia’s tree-planting exercise, to tackle climate change, hit the world record after it planted up to 350 million trees in just a day.
The main aim behind Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s project is to mitigate the deforestation and climate change impacts on the country. Many public institutions have remained close so employees can take part in the tree-planting exercise.
According to the United Nations, forest area in the country shrinks in past years. Prime Minister inaugurated the tree-planting exercise under Green Legacy Initiative which continues in 1,000 sites throughout the country. Minister of Innovation & Technology, Getahun Mekuria revealed that above 350 million trees grown in just twelve hours.
Ethiopia wanted to plant four billion indigenous trees as part of Prime Minister Initiative. State media is also broadcasting promotional content to stimulate the public to take part in the tree-planting exercise. Employees from the UN, AU and foreign embassies are also participating in the exercise.
Some critics also say that Mr. Abiy’s led government wanted to divert their citizen’s attention from internal affairs like ethnic conflicts through the exercise.
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