Target: Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, India
Goal: Applaud massive tree planting effort that got hundreds of thousands of citizens involved in environmental conservation.
Hundreds of thousands of people recently gathered to plant saplings in an effort to obtain the Guinness World Record for most trees planted in one day. Over 800,000 students, nonprofit volunteers, government officials, and ordinary citizens came together for the mass planting in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. While no official count has yet been released by Guinness, many are confident that this attempt will break Pakistan’s 2013 record of 847,275 trees planted in one day.
Once mature, these trees will do wonders for air quality as well as the climate in general. Each year, they will filter over 30 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release over 200 million pounds of oxygen. This will help combat the effects of climate change, which include global warming and ocean acidification.
This attempt at the world record is part of a bigger climate agenda for India. During the Paris climate talks, the country committed to reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy capacity. The government has also designated over $6 billion to tree planting initiatives in hopes of increasing the country’s forest cover by nearly a quarter in the next dacade.
This ambitious move will not only decrease India’s carbon footprint, but has encouraged all citizens to take part in environmental conservation measures. Campaigns like these raise awareness about global warming and what the average person can do to help. Sign the petition below to praise India’s attempt at breaking the world record for the greatest number of trees planted in one day.
Dear Mr. Yadav,
An attempt to break the world record for trees planted in a single day was recently made in Uttar Predesh. Over 800,000 students, volunteers, citizens, and even lawmakers participated in the event. When mature, these trees will produce over 200 million pounds of oxygen annually while filtering out harmful gases like carbon dioxide.
This world record attempt turned environmental conservation into a fun activity that even the average citizen can contribute to. It has raised awareness about climate change and encouraged the population to do more to combat it. We, the undersigned, praise this ambitious and inclusive measure, which will not only benefit India, but the global environment as a whole.
[Your Name Here]
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