Students set record for hugging trees
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?