Published 03 June 2016
Since 1972, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on June 5. It was started by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a way to raise global awareness about environmental issues and to encourage people to take steps to protect nature and our planet.
To celebrate, we have made a list of some of the best Guinness World Records achievements that have been aimed at preserving the environment:
1. Most trees planted in one hour (multiple locations)
The most trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations is 2,294,629, achieved by 122,168 participants in an event organised by TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW (Philippines), at 29 locations across the Philippines on 26 September 2014.
2. Most bottles recycled by a dog
A Labrador called Tubby owned by Sandra Gilmore, of Pontnewydd, Torfaen, UK, has helped recycle an estimated 26,000 plastic bottles over the past six years by collecting them on his daily walks, crushing them and passing them to his owner. Sadly, he recently passed away.
3. Largest tree hug
An incredible 1,200 people showed their sensitive side by simultaneously cuddling tress in an event organised by the Korea Forest Service (Republic of Korea) at the Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea, in March this year.
4. Largest solar powered boat
TÛRANOR PlanetSolar measures 31 m (101 ft) long – or 35 m (114 ft) with flaps extended. It has a beam, or width, of 15 m (49 ft) – 23 m (75 ft) with flaps – and a displacement of 85 tonnes (93 tons). The catamaran's upper surface is covered in 537 m2 (5,780 ft2) of solar panels, allowing the vessel to be powered by solar energy alone.
5. Largest mural made from recycled material
The largest mural made from recycled material measures 720 m² (7,749.98 ft²) and was created by Moaffak Makhoul (Syria) in Al Mazzeh, Damascus, Syria, on 27 January 2014. A mural is an artwork that is created directly onto a wall.