Over 2000 hug trees in Nepal to create world record

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
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  • Updated: Jun 05, 2014 19:09 IST
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    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 ...

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    Hands hugging trees are pictured as participants take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people hugging ...

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    Nepalese school children hug trees in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug as they celebrate World Environment Day ...

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    A girl hugs a tree as she takes part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people hugging ...

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    Nepalese students hug trees during a mass tree hugging on the World Environment Day on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, June 5, 2014. More ...

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    A Nepalese student hugs a tree during a mass tree hugging on the World Environment Day. More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal's capital on ...

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    Nepalese school children hug trees in a bid to set a new world record in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. ...

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    A boy hugs a tree as he prepares to take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of ...

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.

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(People hugging trees in Kathmandu on Thursday to create world record . (ForceNepal/HT Photo)
 

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