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Nepal Takes World Record in Tree Hugging (Literally)

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If you can't see the forest through the trees in Nepal, it is due to over 2,000 people showing up to show our oxygen producing plant friends some love, mostly students & Buddhist monks. See video of actual tree hugging.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 2:22 pm
The gathering at the National Martyrs and Peace Park on the outskirts of the capital, Katmandu, wasn’t some protest to protect the trees from oncoming destruction, but instead an awareness rally celebrating World Environment Day.

To accomplish this they set a goal of beating the previous Guinness World Record for number of people tree hugging simultaneously. Yes, there’s a world record for that. Last July, the record had been claimed by 936 people in Portland Oregon, a record the Nepal tree huggers more than doubled in their efforts.

Thaneswor Guragai, the Nepal Tree Hugging event’s coordinator commented at the time, “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.”

The actual hugging of the trees took place over a 2 minute period and was accompanied by drumming. The organizers have taken pictures and video documenting the event along with a signed statement and the names of all participants. These will be submitted to Guinness, and recognition can take up to 2 months.

The video of this record breaking tree hugging, which will be sent to Guinness, is included in this Earth First news article. Please watch it now, some of the young tree huggers are inspiring.

JL A (281)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:11 pm
Cool! I so love it!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:21 pm
The new love in - tree hugging.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:26 pm
Cool! :)

divergent r (309)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:28 pm
Good for the trees, even better for the hugger
Thanks Betsy, I wish that the good news outweighed the bad.
We can keep at it,,, "never, ever, ever, give up"Winston Churchill

Barbara K (61)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:38 pm
Truly inspirational! It is so nice to see the younger generations involved in protecting our planet Earth. Thanks, my friend.

Abo r (107)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:42 pm
Thanks Betsy, good post. noted.
Trees worthy the love of every person as it gives us the O2 needed for us to breath and live, we cannot live without it , only the anaorobics whom they live without it .

Karen Gee (91)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:48 pm
Too cool! Thank you for sharing.

Cathy Aronson (67)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:51 pm
Noted. Now I will really take it as a compliment when someone calls me a "tree Hugger" ;)

divergent r (309)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 3:58 pm
Native American people believe we are Co dependant on trees, they need what we exhale, and vice versa

Michela M (3964)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 4:20 pm

Margaret Goodman (243)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 4:45 pm
I wonder if the Guinness Book of World Records has a contest for which locality does the most to save old growth forest. The competition would help the planet!

Joanne D (37)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 4:46 pm
And here I always thought the world record for tree hugging was held by koalas in Australia. Oh, I see, you mean the record for humans! Well, well, good for them!

Sheila D (194)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 5:07 pm
Nice to see some positive news...never knew there was a World's Record for that. Thanks Betsy.

Jordan G (37)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 5:38 pm
Left a comment ... what a wonderful and peaceful record to set.

Christeen A (300)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:01 pm
Hugging a tree is a real treat.

Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:11 pm
Tree hugs back at ya!

Thanks Sheila and Jess for forwarding -x-

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:14 pm
Love hugging trees I shall share this

Anette S (16)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:42 pm

B Lewenza (76)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:59 pm
Noted Wonderful 2,000 students understanding the importance of the trees. Shared on Twitter I have to say I have hugged a tree on several occasions, they need love to.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 6:59 pm
Wonderful, I love it.

Laurie H (818)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 7:05 pm
FANTASTIC!!!!! I'll be sharing this too & it really makes me happy to see all of these kids "Embracing this concept!!!!" Thanks So Much Betsy & GGmaSheila for sending!!! ~xoxoxoxox~

Artur B (125)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 10:01 pm

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 10:21 pm
I love trees and my favorite is the olive trees, which grow all around me here. Just wonderful, beautiful and very old trees. I love to paint them. Thanks Betsy.

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 10:35 pm
I hope the trees like the hugs!

Inge B (202)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 11:07 pm
Love Trees

Abo r (107)
Monday June 9, 2014, 12:19 am
I love trees and planting .they love me as they keep growing.
I take care of my olive trees , I love olives and olive oil.
On daily basis , I talk to my tress daily at least 3 times a day the first when I get up and the last before I go to bed.and more time whan I work with the plants and trees.


Past Member (0)
Monday June 9, 2014, 1:37 am
Think we should hug a tree everyday! Thanks Betsy

Past Member (0)
Monday June 9, 2014, 1:54 am
Gladly noted!!

Heidi Walderra (153)
Monday June 9, 2014, 1:59 am
Noted and shared. I also do twice a week.

Don H (45)
Monday June 9, 2014, 3:50 am
The old trees are majestic!

Thanks, Betsy!

Arild Warud (174)
Monday June 9, 2014, 3:51 am
Wonderful,thanks Betsy.

M B (62)
Monday June 9, 2014, 5:13 am

Connie O (45)
Monday June 9, 2014, 6:36 am
"All you Need is Love" ..... : )

David C (75)
Monday June 9, 2014, 9:30 am
as a proud treehugger myself wonderful.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 9, 2014, 9:47 am
Very cool! Thank you Betsy B!

Elle B (81)
Monday June 9, 2014, 10:00 am
Ty Betsy . . . 1st special friend at the age three was a very old, wise and beautiful beyond words dogwood . . .many of my best friends are older trees . . . :-) Heart and hugs and trees. . . good to be in the wise company of the tree huggers and lovers. . .

"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground." - Anon.

"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree." - (Alfred) Joyce Kilmer

"No man manages his affairs as well as a tree does." ― George Bernard Shaw

“One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the ages can.”
― William Wordsworth

Yvonne Egan (43)
Monday June 9, 2014, 10:17 am
Love trees, I'd hate to live somewhere without them

Barry AWAY T (937)
Monday June 9, 2014, 10:31 am
Noted - very nice ... and thanks for posting it!

Lady Suki (446)
Monday June 9, 2014, 10:44 am
Cool. Thanks for the forward.

Kathryn M (108)
Monday June 9, 2014, 10:54 am
I love this!!!! Thank you to the poster and to the treehuggers and organizers of this event!

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Monday June 9, 2014, 11:09 am

Shaheen N (64)
Monday June 9, 2014, 11:13 am
Wonderful & an inspiration for me. I am going to hug a tree too.

Marija Mohoric (25)
Monday June 9, 2014, 11:50 am
good, interesting and tks for sharing

Meil Raine Martin (31)
Monday June 9, 2014, 5:55 pm
this is one thing we can do. Thank you so much for having this share.

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday June 9, 2014, 6:08 pm
Thanks for sharing!

Misty Delahay (32)
Monday June 9, 2014, 9:18 pm
That's so awesome. Very peaceful too. I love hugging trees and thanking them for all that they do. Thankd for this.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 12:36 am
Aww. I love this.

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 3:53 am
Thanks Betsy, wonderful story. Trees - hug em, plant em.

Narendranath Murthy (2)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 4:27 am

Sharyn Kovalesky (0)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 6:42 am
this is wonderful. We can't live without trees

Valerie B (74)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 8:47 am
LOVE IT! Love to the trees and to the school kids! Awesome, thanks Betsy

Edwin M (346)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 11:17 am
Thanks Betsy.

divergent r (309)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 1:21 pm
When you talk to a tree you are also feeding it.

Anne P (174)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 5:30 am
Thanks, Betsy - great story! I'm going to get in the habit of hugging trees.

Robert B (55)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 8:25 am
Trees are truly a thing of Beauty. They are magnificent and provide cooling shade in the summer, provide oxygen, clean the air and provide wildlife with a habitat. I love trees, I appreciate the many varieties and love to look at them.

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 12:36 pm
The Chipko movement in India may have been the start of "tree hugging"
Wikipedia: The landmark event in this struggle took place on March 26, 1974, when a group of peasant women in Reni village, Hemwalghati, in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, acted to prevent the cutting of trees and reclaim their traditional forest rights, which were threatened by the contractors assigned by the state Forest Department."
Chipko movement

Sherri G (128)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 12:43 am
The trees appreciate being hugged. Noted TY Betsy

Val M (84)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 3:06 am
Very inspiring! I've been nurturing seedlings along in some nearby lots for years.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 6:09 am
And♥now these three♥remain
♥But the greatest of these is love♥
♥Love & Peace go with you all♥

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 11:38 pm
What a great idea!

I am a chi gong practitioner (although somewhat lapsed right now) and one of the things we do is hug trees. At one of my training courses held on the UBC campus, we went outside to hug various trees. Call me crazy, but there were real connections between trees and people. Why not hug a tree everyday!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 11:45 pm
Lynn, I completely believe you. As soon as I move out of the land of cacti, (I will never hug a cactus), I am going to find but shade trees and hug them every day.

Charmaine C (177)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 12:24 am
I know some wonderful trees :))

Michael M (60)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 11:11 am
As I write, huge stacks of stripped and dead trees lie over on the Samoa Peninsula, with more being cut, killed, carried by trucks , especially early each morning, before most humans are out and about to see the endless train of death.

These trees are not like the ancient ones two to five meters across, which once inhabited and shelterd this land here.

Instead they are babies, perhaps 20 to 50 years old.

Many are being shipped to Asia and its pulp mills, for paper, for packaging materials.

Some is stacked at a power plant to give electricity to demanding consumers.

Some separated for their value as redwood, from trees that developed ways to protect their self-structure from fungi and insects to grow for 3000 years in this relatively wet climate.

But these are the tiny baby redwoods, attempting to grow or regrow, but cut down after only 1/100th of their lifespan. Imagine if you were cut down after only 1/100th of yours. What would you be? What would you have given in the mutual gifting of life?

You live for a time short in comparison to the heritage of any tree in a forest. There is some discrepancy of value going on here.

What, for instance, is this packaging, overpackaging thing? Do you buy packaged and overpackaged things? Do you carry things in containers made of paper?

Once the people of this land made canoes, and houses of cedar and other woods which lasted for immense lengths of time, used by generations. They recognised that life and the importance to itself and to other living things, of the trees which gave shelter, protection, and other vital use. Enough blew down in storms that it was not necessary to cut much.
We live, borrowing from other life, but do we give back?

José Ovidio Pérez Morel (50)
Tuesday June 24, 2014, 5:09 pm
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