CMU to participate in TreeVolution- an attempt to break Guinness world record
The Central Mindanao University will participate in Treevolution by planting fruit-bearing trees on two hectares of land. This activity is scheduled on September 26, 2014 starting from 8:30 – 930am around Musuan Peak, Musuan, Maramag Bukidnon. Dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW, it aims to break the Guinness world record by planting the most number of trees in multiple locations in one event. This activity showcases collaborative efforts in Mindanao. Dr. Jupiter V. Casas, Dean of the College of Forestry and Environmental Sciences chaired the Committee for the purpose.
Participated by media men, state universities and colleges representatives, local government units, indigenous peoples and other sectors, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior and Local Government launched the Treevolution on September 10 2014 in Malaybalay City.
The participants will wear t-shirts in color coding: white for the planters, red or orange for the Medics Team, yellow for the Stewards who are teachers who will tally, confirm and verify whether the requirements set forth by the Guinness is properly followed such as 50 planters in a hectare with one steward and a witness who comes from the local government unit or official who has good standing in the community.
It was learned that the whole area of Mindanao will join the quest to break the Guinness world record for most trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations, a world record-breaking attempt that will mobilize 185,440 people who will give a shot at planting 4,636,000 trees at various sites covering a total area of 9,200 hectares within the island-region.
The current world record for the most number of trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations was achieved in India on August 15, 2011, which hit the record of planting of 1,945,535 trees. The world record was carried out by 340,200 participants across 408 locations.
According to MINDA Coordinator Olide B. Dagala, the activity is also part of the long-term campaign of DENR and MinDA’s MindaNOW! Program to instill among Mindanawons consciousness towards ecological integrity as climate change adaptation.