Thousands of people teamed up this weekend to break a world record while doing something good for the earth. They planted the most species (237) of seedlings over an eight hour-period Saturday.
57,512 people in Ecuador planted 765,073 plants at 150 sites, reforesting 5600 acres (2,269 hectares) and snatching the Guinness World Record from a group in the Philippines, who broke the world record last year.
Ecuador holds another environmentally friendly record — the most plastic bottles recycled in a single week—87,363 pounds.
The nation also aims in 2017 to reach a target of zero deforestation, according to the Guinness World Records organization, which monitored the plantings.