Whoever is tagged in the challenge must upload a photo showing them hugging a tree, but how does this benefit the environment?

For World Environment Day Rana Daggubati and Sumanth hug a tree but dont do much else
news HugATree Challenge Friday, June 08, 2018 - 15:13

Have you seen the pictures of actors Rana Daggubati and Sumanth hugging trees, and wondered what it stood for for?

To commemorate World Environment Day which was on June 5, Telugu Desam Party MP Ram Mohan Naidu started the #HugATree challenge on Twitter, a symbolic initiative to raise awareness.

He then tagged Andhra Minister for IT Nara Lokesh, film director Harish Shankar, TDP MP Jayadev Galla, Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha National President Poonam Mahajan.

“Let's celebrate the role trees play in our life by giving them a warm hug!

I nominate @naralokesh @harish2you @JayGalla @KTRTRS @poonam_mahajan to take up the #HugATree challenge by posting a picture of you hugging a tree and nominating 5 more friends to take up the challenge!” Ram Mohan wrote.

This was then taken up by Jay Galla, who then also tagged actors Sumanth and Rana Daggubati.

Social media users showed their support for the challenge, but many have pointed out that this challenge was merely a social media token for World Environment Day. After everyone is done hugging a tree and posting about it on social media, most people simply go back to not caring about the environment.

And how does hugging a tree and taking a photo of it actually help the environment in any way?

Twitter users pointed out that #PlantATree might have been a better challenge, as this way one was at least trying to increase the green cover and not merely taking striking a pose with a tree.

Sumanth and Jayadev Galla acknowledge the same, and said that they were involved in initiatives for planting trees.

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