Target: President Rafael Correa, the volunteers in Ecuador
Goal: Applaud the record-breaking reforestation campaign in Ecuador.
Thousands of volunteers pitched in to plant a world-record-setting 647,250 trees in Ecuador on May 16, 2015. That’s a lot of trees, but the world record they broke was for the most species of trees that were planted. The campaign was called “Siembraton.” “Sembrar” is Spanish for sow, and “maraton” means marathon. In a marathon of sowing, over 200 different species of seedlings were planted all over the South American nation.
This variety of species speaks to an effort to preserve biodiversity and that effort is an important one. Ecuador is considered a megadiverse country, meaning it is home to some of the widest varieties of life on the planet. This is because of its tropical location, the influence of the oceans on its coastal region, and the presence of the Andes mountain range. The main threat to this richness of life forms is deforestation. Unfortunately, Ecuador is also home to one of the highest deforestation rates in Latin America.
In keeping with the conservation initiatives of the country, the diverse species of seedlings were planted on more than 150 areas all over Ecuador. The 4,942 acres (2,000 hectares) of land covered included its Amazonian basin, Pacific coastal regions, and Andean mountains.
The benefits of reforestation are numerous. In addition to preserving biodiversity by harboring wildlife it also prevents mudslides, rejuvenates soil, and helps sequester carbon dioxide emissions in trees and soil. It will not offset oil drilling in Ecuador but it is a brilliant, large-scale effort that will do good while activists continue to fight for other positive changes.
Ecuador also holds the record for the most plastic bottles recycled in one week. This may also inspire other large- scale reforestation or environmental projects. Applaud Ecuador’s world-record-breaking reforestation campaign and attention to biodiversity.
Dear President Rafael Correa and the volunteers in Ecuador,
Congratulations on breaking yet another environmental Guinness World Record. Planting 647,250 trees of over 200 different species is an incredible accomplishment.
I appreciate the attention that was paid to planting a variety of seedlings on over 4,942 acres (2,000 hectares) of land, including in Ecuador’s Amazonian basin, Pacific coastal regions, and Andean mountains.
As I’m sure you know, Ecuador is considered to be a megadiverse country, meaning it is home to some of the widest varieties of life on the planet. The main threat to this richness of life forms is deforestation. Unfortunately, Ecuador is also home to one of the highest deforestation rates in Latin America.
Your nation’s biodiversity is a gift to the world for generations. Thank you for preserving it with a large-scale project like Siembraton.
Your country also holds the record for the most plastic bottles recycled in one week. I hope that you continue to act in the best interest of the peoples of Ecuador, the wildlife in your region, and the world with your record-setting environmental initiatives.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jonathan McIntosh