From its history to its culture, we all know that India is a pretty fascinating country.
As one of the most diverse in the world, this is something we don’t really have to tell people who have ever lived in India (or come from there).
While it is certainly not perfect, it is making efforts to support its people and protect its land.
So what happened?
On July 11 2016, India planted just under 50 million trees.
Breaking the previous record held by Pakistan who planted just under 850,000 trees back in 2013, India had over 800,000 volunteers across the country doing their little bit for nature.
As part of an initiative to combat climate change and as a result of the Paris climate talks of last year, India committed to reforesting 12% of its landmass.
With a population of 1.2 billion and a rapidly growing economy, India has seen a dramatic rise in the amount of toxic emissions it releases into the atmosphere every single year.
Not only does this affect global warming, but can also have devastating effects on the lives and health of locals.
What will happen?
So there are several reasons why planting millions of trees is highly beneficial to India.
Apart from combatting global warming as trees can naturally absorb harmful CO2 emissions, they also have useful local benefits.
Trees can help to shade homes and businesses from the intense heat of the climate and are also instrumental in preventing erosion and mudslides.
And everyone knows, you simply can’t beat a bit of green!
India has taken great pains to reduce its carbon footprint but also to secure a healthy future for its inhabitants.
We reckon everyone benefits from a large country such as India taking the reins on preventing climate change.
But at the end of the day, it is the families and future generations of this amazing country that are the true benefactors.
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