15 Jun '12, 6pm

Pakistani Villagers Set World Record For Tree-Hugging

Pakistani Villagers Set World Record For Tree-Hugging

Straddling the borders of India and Pakistan, Kashmir may be one of the most hotly contested places on the planet -- but despite being at the center of a tumultuous boundary dispute, the people that call the region home share in common something far more important: a love of nature. And it shows. In a recent show of solidarity with the forest and one another, more than a thousand Pak-Kashmiri villagers gathered in near the Pakistan-Indian border to set a world record by simultaneously giving their beloved trees a loving squeeze. For over a minute, the assembled crowd of men, women, and children were joined together in the simple, symbolic gesture of hugging a tree. © Zafar Iqbal The event, which took place 150 miles from Pakistan's Kashmir capital of Muzaffarabad, was organized by a local social development organization to underscore the important role forests play in the ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/pakistani-villagers-set...

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