Addis Ababa - Ethiopians dug in to help plant more than 200 million trees in the climate change-ravaged country on Monday, breaking the previous world record.
"Today Ethiopia is set in our attempt to break the world record together for a #GreenLegacy," Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office tweeted earlier in the day.
Today #Ethiopia is set in our attempt to break the world record together for a #GreenLegacy. The 12hr countdown has begun.
ዛሬ በነቂስ ወተን #አረንጓዴአሻራ አብረን እያኖርን የአለም ክብረ ወሰን ለመስበር እንተክላለን:: #PMOEthiopia pic.twitter.com/9yTbi2IUPb
— Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) July 29, 2019
More than 224 million saplings had already been planted by the afternoon, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported, beating the previous world record held by India.