Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Plants Trees in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley met to plant seedlings as a part of Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative, which combats climate change, through a mass tree-planting, Thursday, July 25.

Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in one day, officials say, in what they believe is a world record.

Ethiopia’s minister of innovation and technology, Getahun Mekuria, tweeted estimates of the number of trees being planted throughout the day Monday. By early evening, he said 353,633,660 tree seedlings were planted in 12 hours.

The massive effort is part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Green Legacy Initiative, which aims to plant more than 4 billion trees between May and October, or 40 trees per person.