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.

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COMMENTS (22)
  • brentho66
    6/09/2014 - 08:40 p.m.

    Students break a world record for most tress hugged at once The whole point of it was to show that tress are a vital part of life and we need them to survive it also contributes to "tree hugging" and it actually makes sense what they are doing because they are actually hugging a tree which is kinda funny and inspiring at the same time because simply hugging a tree can make a statement and help tress not to be cut down and such for manufacturing and such. I wonder if they will plant more big trees and maybe even make artificial forests. This article is interesting and kinda cool that they made a world record hugging trees.I can totally see this record being broken just by a large group of people wanting to get their name in the Guinness book of world records.

  • TrevorC42
    6/10/2014 - 01:46 a.m.

    That's so cool there's a 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 would love to do something to try and break a record like that! I wonder what other tree enfolded records there are.

  • JuliaNS-3
    6/10/2014 - 08:52 p.m.

    Last Thursday at Katmandu, Nepal's National Martyrs and Peace Park, 2,000 people participated in a Guinness World Record tree hugging event. In celebration for World Environment Day, students, workers, Parliament, etc hugged trees for a total of two minutes, to spread awareness on the importance on trees and the environment. I think it is amazing that so many people will come out of their way to hug a tree. I wish we had world record events for all ages here in the South Bay. I think that if everyone would celebrate in such extravagant ways on World Environment Day or Earth Day, then we would have a more cleaner and more livable environment for the next generations to grow up in.

  • danielarodrguez
    6/11/2014 - 03:02 p.m.

    Summary:
    This is about a record braking tree hug. About 2,000 people participated in this event 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 organizers sent photos to Guinness, to see if they would get in the Guinness book of world records.

    Comment:
    Personally, I love nature so I find this a great way to show the importance of nature, specially trees, which clean the air,shield people from ultra-violet rays, even some of them provide food. Finally, I think that is really cool that people do these fun things with a good purpose behind.

  • JolieH-5
    6/13/2014 - 05:04 p.m.

    On Thursday in Nepal's capital, more than 2,000 people showed up to set a world record for the largest tree hug. Parliament members, office workers, Buddhist monks, and students that gathered at the outskirts of Katmandu were trying to raise awareness of the importance of trees and celebrate World Environment Day. The previous Guinness World Record was 936 people in Portland, Oregon, last July. I think that this is a very interesting story. It is cool that people still care about the environment, and do what they can to spread awareness of its importance.

  • KyleH-3
    6/13/2014 - 07:49 p.m.

    Around 2000 people gathers around a national forest to try to attempt to break the world record for hugging trees. They accomplished it. In my opinion, I believe it is Quite cool and weird at the same time.

  • WarrenB-4
    6/13/2014 - 07:59 p.m.

    Summary:
    This article is about making a new world record of hugging trees. The old world record is 936 people hugging trees. Volunteers played drums for about 2 minutes. A majority of the volunteers were students. Some of the volunteers were monks.

    Opinion:
    My opinion about this article is that trees are very important to humans.

  • bronemies
    9/08/2014 - 09:07 a.m.

    Talk about a tree hugger(literaly). tHe first thing that came to mind was some kind of enviromental hippie doing this to stop people from cutting down trees. Not only is there a record for hugging the most trees they're doing this to raise the awareness of cutting down trees.

  • ashlynwa-Mil
    9/12/2014 - 03:58 p.m.

    I think its nice that the people of Nepal are hugging the trees to show how important trees are. Its good that some people still care about the environment. I also think its super cool that they were able to break the record for the longest time hugging a tree. Its amazing that hugging a tree can mean so much! I hope they succeeded in trying to make people understand that they need to help save the forests.

  • danielarodrguez
    9/29/2014 - 01:56 p.m.

    Summary:
    This article is about making a new world record of hugging trees. The old world record is 936 people hugging trees. Volunteers played drums for about 2 minutes. A majority of the volunteers were students. Some of the volunteers were monks.

    Comment:
    Personally, I love nature so I find this a great way to show the importance of nature, specially trees, which clean the air,shield people from ultra-violet rays, even some of them provide food. Finally, I think that is really cool that people do these fun things with a good purpose behind.

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