Students set record for hugging trees Nepalese students hug trees during a mass tree hugging on the World Environment Day on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal
Students set record for hugging trees
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They hope it was the largest tree hug ever.

More than 2,000 people, mostly students, gathered in Nepal's capital Thursday. Their goal was to set a world record for the largest tree hug.

Parliament members and even Buddhist monks were there to celebrate World Environment Day. They wanted to spread awareness about the importance of trees.

The previous Guinness World Record for most people hugging trees simultaneously was 936 in Portland, Oregon, last July.

Participants in Katmandu held trees for two minutes. Volunteers beat drums at the National Martyrs and Peace Park.

One of the participating students, ninth-grader Ganga Pandit, said she had planted samplings in the past. But she felt it was important to join the campaign to save existing trees.

After it receives proper documentation, Guinness will decide whether to recognize the feat as a record.

Critical thinking challenge: How does hugging a tree demonstrate concern for trees? What does hugging represent?

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COMMENTS (100)
  • MaysenM-3
    6/06/2014 - 10:10 a.m.

    This article is about how a group of people may have set the world record for the most amount of people holding trees at one time. More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal's capital yesterday, and their goal was to set the world record for the largest tree hug. Some Parliament members and even Buddhist monks were there to celebrate World Environment Day. The previous world record was 936 people hugging trees simultaneously in Portland, Oregon. Yesterday, the participants held trees for only two minutes while people beat drums to celebrate the event. After this event receives proper documentation, Guinness will decide whether to recognize it as a world record. I think this is very unique, and I didn't know Nepal had a World Environment Day.

  • ArianaB-1
    6/06/2014 - 10:50 a.m.

    More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal's captial on Thursday to try to set the record for the largest simultaneous tree hug. They people all hugged trees for two minutes while volunteers beat drums and sung songs.They were trying to beat the previous record of 936 people in Portland,Oregon.The people in Nepal say that it was a way to raise awareness of the importance of trees.Guiness has not decided if they're going to recognize the feat yet.I think it's amazing that they could get 2,000 people all to hug the tree at the same time.

  • TessaD-1
    6/06/2014 - 11:48 a.m.

    More than 2,000 people gathered to do a huge tree hug in Nepal's capital Thursday. They were aiming to set a world record. The last world record for hugging trees simultaneously was 936 people. Oneof the participating students said she felt it was important to join the campaign. I think this is pretty cool. They are raising awarness so that people don't cut down so many trees and they are setting a world record.

  • CM04nickfoles
    6/06/2014 - 12:56 p.m.

    I think this is a dumb world record. It is a waste of time to get two thousand people to hug a tree for two minutes.

  • Ds14ghana
    6/06/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    how do you hold a record for a tree that is amazing its crazy you have to he very tired after you hug a tree for long your arms are sleeping you are thirsty

  • JJ5donut
    6/06/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    I dont understand how this is a world record. Save the environment by making an action not hugging a tree. Even though its a good thing for so many people to come out, there is no cause to this.

  • evana5k13
    6/06/2014 - 02:15 p.m.

    to me thats kinda weard but i guess some poeple think that is cool i dont think i would ever do that but i know some poeple that would

    • Ak28cheetah
      6/09/2014 - 01:00 p.m.

      I think it's kinda wierd to hug trees, like you just stand there and hug it. It's not a human! But after all, it was a record so I guess it works. I wouldn't do it though.

  • KieranS-4
    6/06/2014 - 06:34 p.m.

    Over 2000 people gathered to hug trees in Nepal. Most of the people at the event were students. Many important figures came to celebrate World Environment Day to spread awareness about how important trees are. The previous world record for most people hugging trees at the same time was 936. Guinness is going to decide if it will recognize this event as a record.

    Instead of raising awareness for Environment Day, why don't they have those 2,000 people plant trees and pick up trash. I don't really see how hugging trees will help the environment.

  • gabbyb-2
    6/06/2014 - 06:40 p.m.

    Last Thursday, 2,000 students, gathered in Nepal's to set a world record for the largest tree hug. The students wanted to set this world record to spread awareness about the importance of trees. The previous record was set in Oregon with 936 tree-huggers. This is a great way to have fun, set a record, and spread awareness.

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