Images of India : 800,000 people try to plant 50 million trees in a day…

India-Planting-TreesOfficials 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. Students, lawmakers, government officials, housewives and volunteers from nonprofit organisations, headed out (July 11) to plant the saplings at designated spots along country roads and highways, rail tracks and forest lands. India’s government has designated more than $6.2 billion for tree-planting across the country, to push its forest cover to 95 million hectares by 2030. Usually, only 60 percent of saplings survive, with the rest succumbing to disease or lack of water, officials said.