Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in one day to combat climate change

ETV/Oromia Media Network via Reuters

Posted at Jul 30 2019 08:36 PM

Ethiopia has planted 350 million trees in one day to combat climate change and desertification, the government said on Monday, July 29.

It is yet to be announced whether the initiative has broken the world record for the number of trees planted in a single day.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led the "green campaign" and gave government employees time off to take part in the tree-planting initiative.

According to the United Nations, Ethiopia's forest coverage declined from 35 percent of total land in the 1900s to just over over 4 percent in only 100 years.

Ethiopia is using the campaign as a means of reclaiming its land and the productivity that comes with it.