Philippine environmentalists planted 64,096 trees in 15 minutes thus setting a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously. This was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records that everything was accurate and correct. The effort beat the previous Guinness world record of 50,033 trees planted in India last year.
Nearly 7,000 people helped in the mass planting of saplings in denuded forest and grassland in the eastern province of Camarines Sur on Wednesday.
This marked the start of the provincial government-backed reforestation program to plant 12 million trees in the logged forests of Camarines Sur by next year.
The planting, on government-owned land, is intended to stop erosion and restore watersheds.
The forests of the Philippines are among the 10 most endangered in the world, according to global environment group Conservation International.
I hope that this honor earned by the people of Camarines Sur will motivate other provinces to follow suit.