More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal’s capital on Thursday in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug. Parliament members, office workers, and even Buddhist monks also took part in the attempt, joining numerous students at a park on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The participants said they were trying to set the record to celebrate World Environment Day by spreading awareness about the importance of trees.
We are gathered here in our attempt to save the forests and make people aware that trees and forests are important for human civilization.
—Parliament member Rajan K.C.
Participants on Thursday held trees for two minutes as volunteers beat drums at the National Martyrs and Peace Park, on the northeast edge of Kathmandu. One of the participating students, ninth-grader Ganga Pandit, said she had planted samplings in the past but felt it was important to join the campaign to save existing trees.
Thousands in Nepal hug trees in world record bid ~ Associated Press
Thousands in Nepal hug trees for world record ~ Associated Press
More than 2,000 in Nepal hug trees in attempt to set record on World Environment Day ~ The Canadian Press