Ecuadorians pledged to protect their land from turning into a desolate, barren wasteland and united to plant thousands of trees. Such was the response; they set a world record for reforesting a large patch of land in a single day.
The citizens of Ecuador collectively broke the world record for reforestation, planting 647,250 tree saplings in a single day, announced President Rafael Correa in his weekly address.
"I have just been informed that we have broken the Guinness record for reforestation."
Ecuador has a very varied geography and ecology. So volunteers planted several different species. The reforestation efforts took place all over. The collaborative effort was organized by the Ecuadoran government under an public-private initiative called "Siembratón." It involved ensuring the land was replanted to slow down the erosion caused due to massive deforestation and hopefully arrested, in the near future.