Kenya’s government created a special public holiday on Monday Nov. 13 for people across the country to plant 100 million trees to help fight climate change.
Kenya’s President William Ruto said that the country has set a goal of planting 15 billion trees by 2032 and will start by planting 100 million trees this year.
Kenya’s Interior Minister announced the holiday a week earlier on X, formerly known as Twitter, writing, “The country shall be expected to plant trees as a patriotic contribution to the national efforts to save our country from the devastating effects of climate change.”
The government provided 150 million seedlings for free on Monday to be planted in designated public areas.
Kenyans were encouraged to plant a minimum of two seedlings each, to meet the aim of 100 million trees.
“It is a moment for Kenyans to stand in solidarity in the defense of our environment, it’s a ‘hummingbird’ contribution day, all of us pulling together to fight back against climate change crisis,” Kenya’s Environment Minister said.
The official counts of seedlings used have not yet been released.
The tree planting process was monitored through an app with real-time updates, which also helped users choose appropriate tree species for their location.
Kenya’s forest cover decreased from 12% to 6% between 1990 and 2010, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The government has set aside more than $80 million this year to restore the forest coverage to more than 10%, according to the Guardian.