Volunteers in India Do it Again–Planting 250 Million Saplings in Single Day and Seeing 80% Survival Rate

“We are committed to increasing the forest cover of Uttar Pradesh to over 15% of the total land area in the next five ye...

In just a single day, Indians have planted an impressive quarter-billion tree saplings in their quest to clean the air.

Whereas mass tree planting operations around the globe are receiving more and more skepticism for their actual impacts on climate stabilization, the last four major plantings in the state of Uttar Pradesh have climbed to an impressive average sapling survival rate of 80%.

As per Peter Wohlleben, the renowned German forester and author of The Secret Life of Trees, our woody neighbors need an average 50 years of growing before any carbon can actually be considered “sequestered,” so the fact that many of Uttar Pradesh’s new trees are now four going on five means there’s a much better chance for them to survive pests, drought, or other dangers to become contributing members of tree society...

...“We are committed to increasing the forest cover of Uttar Pradesh to over 15% of the total land area in the next five years,” said state forest official Manoj Singh...

...Mass tree plantings have been launched as an easy and inexpensive method of drawing carbon from the atmosphere, with hundreds of millions of trees being planted in countries around the world, including in ChinaPakistan, India, Madagascar, and the nations of the Sahel, especially Ethiopia and Senegal, GNN has reported...

...Such efforts will be indispensable in India, which plans to expand its tree cover by 95 million hectares by 2030.

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