Somewhere in Ladakh....

Two months after flashfloods devastated the region and left over 200 dead, thousands of people, including Hong Kong musician-filmmaker Kenny Pee and Spanish actor Carlos Leal, turned out to plant saplings to create environmental awareness at Karu on the outskirts of Leh on Sunday. In the process, around 9,000 people, who planted 50,033 Ladakh willow saplings in 33 minutes and 25 seconds over 1.12 lakh sq yard area, also broke the Guinness World Record for planting maximum saplings in an hour. The earlier record of 27,166 saplings was set in Peru. A joint Live To Love and The Drukpa Lineage effort, the plantation campaign, which started amid chants of yali yangsol' (take it easy, everybody come and join us), was also dedicated to a greener Commonwealth Games. The melody of daman (drums) and surna (trumpet), set the tune for the event. The Drukpa Lineage and Live To Love initiatives head Gyalwang Drukpa said, “We’re celebrating 800 years of the Drukpa Lineage and it was also the perfect opportunity to extend our support to the Games. “We’ve focused on conserving Leh’s environment.’’ Drukpa said flashfloods provided residents an opportunity to understand the the importance of trees.

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