Monday, March 30, 2009
Take action and plant a tree
People from around the world are joining the greenie ranks and investing in the planet, and Joburg is no exception. From the average Joe to corporate giants, everyone is working towards the seven-billion Plant for the Planet goal.
If it takes 16 trees to provide enough oxygen for the lifetime of one individual, it may be time Joburgers join the greenie ranks and donate or plant a tree.
Like most urban dwellers, Joburg residents struggle to lessen the impact of their heavy carbon boots on the environment. Fortunately, there are a number of tree planting initiatives taking off across the world in which residents can participate, some without getting their fingers dirty.
The biggest local project is run by the City of Johannesburg. Its 200 000 Tree Planting Campaign is a mayoral priority, which will plant 200 000 trees in preparation of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ in previously disadvantaged areas, predominantly in the south of the City.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of this project to date has been the township of Soweto. The campaign tally stands on 119 215 trees planted. Companies and individuals can get involved by making financial donations or supplying trees to City Parks for planting.
According to City Parks spokesperson, Jenny Moodley, one of the biggest problems for the organisation is to get suitable stock and suppliers for this project. City Parks only use indigenous species with a height of at least two meters for this project.
The painting is by Alfred Glendening