A boy hugs a tree as he takes part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people hugging trees for two minutes in Kathmandu June 5, 2014.(Reuters)
More than 2000 people hugged trees in a park Nepal’s capital on World Environment Day in an attempt to create a world record for the largest tree hug.
The attempt participated mostly by school students overshadows the previous Guinness World Record set by 936 people at Portland, Oregon in USA on July 20 last year.
“Besides setting the record it was our attempt to highlight the importance of planting and preserving trees,” Ram Krishna Chaulagain, one of the organizers told HT.
Thousands gathered at the Shahid Smarak Park at Gokarna on the outskirts of Kathmandu and hugged trees in the park for two minutes at noon.
Politicians, businessmen and social activists also took part in the event.
“We hope to send a strong message to the world that even a least developed country like Nepal cares more about the environment,” he added.
Details of the event and the record attempt have been sent to the Guinness World Records and organizers say it will take few weeks before it is officially recognized.
(People hugging trees in Kathmandu on Thursday to create world record . (ForceNepal/HT Photo)