Some 11 million trees were planted simultaneously across Turkey on Monday as part of a campaign for a greener future. The planting ceremonies began at 11:11 AM (08:11 GMT) as President Erdogan announced he intended it to be a yearly tradition on National Forestation Day, in Ankara.
A reported 340,000 saplings were planted in Ankara and 212,000 in Istanbul. The campaign is named ‘Breathe for the future,’ and aimed to break the world record by planting the highest number of saplings in an hour.
Turkey has managed to increase its forested area from 20.8 million (80,3 thousand sq. mi) hectares to 22.6 million (87,3 thousand sq. mi) by planting more than 4.5 billion saplings in the past 17 years.
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