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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More than 2,000 people, mostly students wearing their school uniforms, 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 the students at a park on the outskirts of Katmandu. The participants said they were trying to set the record to celebrate World Environment Day by spreading awareness about the importance of trees.

"Our goal is to set a new world record and at the same time spread the message that trees are important for the environment and everyone," said Thaneswor Guragai, who coordinated the event.

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

Participants on Thursday held trees for two minutes as volunteers beat drums at the National Martyrs and Peace Park, on the northeast edge of Katmandu.

"We are gathered here in our attempt to save the forests and make people aware that trees and forests are important for human civilization," said Rajan K.C., who was among the 20 Parliament members hugging the trees and monitoring the event.

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.

The organizers of Thursday's event will send photos, video, a signed statement from the Parliament members who were there and the names of the participants to Guinness, which will decide whether to recognize the feat as a new record.

Guragai said it would take about two months to get a recognition certificate from Guinness.

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

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COMMENTS (22)
  • 3TaylorO
    6/05/2014 - 12:38 p.m.

    I think it's very creative to hug a tree to save the environment and also help the trees from getting cut down! These kids could have set examples for other people to also do this wherever they live! It's also very cool that they got in the world record book for this and beat the record before that was 936.

  • 9GracieC
    6/05/2014 - 03:12 p.m.

    i have heard of tree huggers but this is on a whole new level. i think is is so cool that so many people come just to hug a trees for a world recornd and do it for fun. i dont think i could last that long before becoming bored. this is so cool i hope more people do this.

  • 9anas
    6/05/2014 - 03:20 p.m.

    I think that people hugging trees is weird. But since the people in Nepal were doing it for the environment and to set a world record, I thought that is was cool. Not south for the world record part, but just for the part that they were promoting people to save trees and save the environment.

  • 8sophias
    6/05/2014 - 06:52 p.m.

    I think that this is was great idea to spread the word about our trees. It would get more people into thinking about the trees more. I say that people should respect the trees more. They should come up with an idea that would replace wooden structures so we don't have to cut down trees.

  • DelilahG-3
    6/05/2014 - 11:46 p.m.

    This article is about a new world record that was broken. The new world record was so the largest tree hugging event that was ever held before. The record was broken in Nepal's capital on Thursday. The people that were hugging the trees included students from nearby schools, parliament members, office workers, and Buddhist monks. The people participating in the event broke the record to celebrate World Environment Day by spreading awareness about the importance of trees. The original record was 936 people hugging a tree in Portland, Oregon last July. I think that they broke the record for a very good cause and that getting 2,000 people to hug trees would be very hard. I also think that it must have been a very fun experience to get together with your friends and hug trees.

  • LiamC-4
    6/06/2014 - 07:03 p.m.

    This is about a record braking tree hug. About the 2,000 people who showed up to celebrate world environment day. Mostly kids in their school uniforms, Buddhists, and office members all went to Nepal's capital to hug trees. The people wanted to spread awareness about environmental concern. The people sent photos to see if the tree hug ceremony will get in the Guinness book of world records. I think that this is really cool that people do these fun things.

  • 9shaylynb
    6/07/2014 - 11:54 a.m.

    That's so odd like the world record for hugging trees I had no idea that you could do that! They probably have a lot of world records for things like that. If I were a student I probably wouldn't want to hug one at all I would think is that it would be dirty . But anyways that is pretty in preserve that they all did it at the same time and stuff.

  • im23nolife
    6/09/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    To start hugging shoes care and affection, so when the students hug the trees they're showing that they care. In other words the tree hugging demonstrates concern through care.

  • NM16
    6/09/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    Hugging trees demonstrates the concern for trees because your showing how much you care and need the trees. Hugging represents love, hope, joy, and that you care for the thing your hugging.

  • 3AshlynD
    6/09/2014 - 10:30 a.m.

    Hugging trees shows that trees are important for humans. They give us oxygen and we need to keep them to survive. Hugging represents that we care for the trees.

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