Ugandan Activist Sets World Record with 16-Hour Tree Hug, GWR Confirms

Ugandan Activist Sets World Record with 16-Hour Tree Hug, GWR Confirms
Ariokot Faith during her attempt on breaking the record for longest tree hug. Photo/Credit

An environment activist, Faith Patricia Ariokot, has achieved a remarkable feat by setting a new world record for the longest tree hug, Guinness World Records has confirmed.

The 29-year old embraced a tree trunk for an astonishing duration of 16 hours and 6 seconds, establishing herself as the inaugural holder of this esteemed record.

Her motivation behind this extraordinary endeavor was twofold: to inspire tree planting initiatives and to underscore the critical importance of preserving trees in combating climate change.

"Trees are the unsung heroes in our battle against climate change," Ariokot remarked, 

Reflecting on her tree selection process, Faith likened it to selecting a bridal gown, expressing that the tree seemed to choose her, igniting an instant connection upon sight.

Unlike conventional marathon records, which allow brief rest periods, Faith's attempt adhered strictly to continuous hugging without breaks.

She endured discomfort and physical strain throughout the endeavor, with the tree's rough bark causing considerable pain.

Undeterred by setbacks, including technical issues during her initial attempt and an interruption due to inclement weather on her second try, Faith remained resolute in her pursuit of the record.

Despite moments of doubt and exhaustion, she drew strength from her belief in the empathetic nature of trees, crediting them with providing solace and encouragement during moments of despair.

Ariokot aspires to inspire global action by urging individuals worldwide to plant trees as a tangible expression of love for the planet.

"In planting a tree, we demonstrate our love for the Earth, our collective home." Ariokot noted.