More than 800,000 students, government officials, and volunteers gathered in India's populous Uttar Pradesh state to break a tree-planting Guinness world record.
The Indian government has earmarked $6.2 billion for tree-planting, aiming to increase forestation in line with agreements made at the Paris climate change summit in 2015. Officials in Uttar Pradesh distributed millions of saplings to be planted across the state to help India's efforts to increase its forest cover, and to get into Guinness World Records for the most trees planted in a day. The current record is 847,275, set in Pakistan in 2013.
They planted 49.3 million trees in 24 hours, nearly meeting their goal of 50 million but it could take up to two months for the Guinness Book of World Records to verify whether the Uttar Pradesh project has broken Pakistan's record.