Turkey set to declare a holiday for planting trees after young man’s tweet goes viral

This wonderful news comes to us from Turkey.

Enes Sahin is not very active on Twitter, but a recent tweet starting with “ I have an idea” managed to go viral with over 55,000 responses. The tweet attracted the attention of a member of the Turkish Government and now there is going to be a “National Tree Planting Day” for Turkey.

Sahin’s tweet says, “Let’s set an example to the world and hand down a green country to the upcoming generations.”

There are many countries who have a national day for planting trees. 34 nations are listed on the Arbor Day Foundation’s website with each country celebrating an Arbor day that corresponds with their best planting seasons. But till now Turkey did not have a day reserved for the noble act of planting trees. But all that is set to change now.

The Turkish official who noticed Sahin’s tweet is Rumesya Kadak who is the youngest elected deputy of the country. She said she would present Enes’s idea and true to her word, within hours the president himself responded to Sahin via Twitter.

President Erdogan said “This is a great idea, Enes. We’ve always worked for a greener Turkey and continue to do so. My friends and I will undertake all responsibility to make sure that we have a national tree planting day.”

Sahin tweeted in response “Mr. President we are very happy that you responded to our call. We are grateful that you are the voice of young people and hundreds of thousands.”

Even just before an official tree-planting holiday is set to be established, the idea has generated a buzz all over the nation with many citizens saying that they have already begun to plant saplings.

Image source: Hurriyet Daily News

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