Over 1.5 million volunteers gathered together on Sunday to plant the saplings by the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. Representatives from Guinness World Records who attended the event are expected to register the achievement soon.
The record-breaking bid was organized in accordance with the country’s climate change goals under the Paris Agreement.
The nation had promised to spend $6 billion on reforesting 12% of its lands, boosting forest cover by 2030. Since the top four of the most polluted cities in the world by particulate matter concentration are all in India, the forestry will hopefully reduce the country’s amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
Seven months previously, volunteers throughout Uttar Pradesh planted 49.3 million saplings, smashing the previous world record of 850,000 trees set by Pakistan in 2013.