2000 people hug trees to set world record

A strong group of 2000 individuals including students, politicians and monks hugged trees simultaneously to set a new Guinness World Record in Kathmandu on the World Environment Day. The stunt was primarily held to raise awareness about the importance of trees in our environment.

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Participants hugging trees (Image Prakash Mathema/Getty Images)

A student hugging a tree (Image  PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

A student hugging a tree (Image Prakash Mathema/Getty Images)

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Students marching carrying signs of awareness (Image Prakash Mathema/Getty Images)

The participants hugged the trees for two minutes and the organizers will send photographs, videos, list of participants and signed statements to the Guinness, which will decide to recognize it as a new record or not.

If the feat is recognized, then it will replace the current record of 936 people hugging trees simultaneously in Portland, Oregon (US) in July 2013.

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