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India Has Planted Nearly 50 Million Trees In 24 Hours

 
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now if they can keep them alive and growing

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/india-has-planted-nearly-50-million-trees-in-24-hours/

India Has Planted Nearly 50 Million Trees In 24 Hours


The smoggy cities of India are suddenly looking a lot greener, with just under 50 million trees having been planted in India in a record-breaking attempt to raise awareness of conservation.

The event took place on Monday in Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s most populous states found in the north of the country. More than 800,000 people from all walks of life, ranging from students and housewives to government officials, planted 49.3 million tree saplings in just 24 hours. The saplings included 80 different species of trees were from 950 different nurseries around the state
 
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Usually I'm kinda dubious about the benefits of mass tree plantings unless clear plans have been made for the care of the trees while they become established. At this scale, I'll have to make an exception. Even if they are planning STUN, at those numbers the survivors will still be impressive. It's mind blowing to me (living in an are still filled with climate change deniers) to see a government investing so much money in proactive response to environmental issues.
 
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They actually said that they only expected 60% to survive. That still makes it an impressive feat.
 
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Yeah, I'm just cynical. Every town and city in this country has unfenced cattle roving the streets. And then the Hindu Nationalist governments in some states have been banning bull slaughter, so there will now be huge numbers of starving bulls roaming the streets.
 
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