New Year’s Day tree-planting drive by BNT
An environmental charity will mark its golden anniversary with a New Year’s Day tree planting.
The Bermuda National Trust will plant 50 trees on Wednesday to mark 50 years.
The event was backed by the newly formed Bermuda Climate Action Network.
A spokesman for Bermuda Can said that the group’s Vision 2020 campaign aimed to plant 2,020 trees across the island by the end of next year.
He said that the campaign was a way for Bermudians to help tackle the effects of global warming.
The spokesman added: “This family-friendly initiative is geared to expand awareness of the crisis and offer a practical means for participating in solutions.”
He said that a calendar of monthly tree plantings would be unveiled by the group.
The Can spokesman said that climate change was the biggest problem to be dealt with over the next decade.
He added: “It is crucial that we gain an understanding and awareness about Bermuda’s risks, mitigation and adaptation to the changing climate and that urgent and mindful action is needed by all.
“While some may argue that Bermuda’s contribution to climate change is a mere drop in the bucket, we should be doing everything we can at home before looking to others to save the planet.
“That is why a diverse group of community representatives have recently formed a new emerging network of activists and those who are already engaged in environmental conservation — Bermuda Can.”
He said that group members included people from the Bermuda National Trust, Keep Bermuda Beautiful and environmental charity Greenrock.
The spokesman said the group’s aim was “to facilitate the coming together of our island community to identify and mitigate climate risks specific to Bermuda, and advance a deeper appreciation of our responsibility as global citizens in keeping average temperature rises below 1.5C”.
The New Year’s Day tree-planting events will start at St George’s Military Cemetery on Grenadier Lane at 9am.
The event will move to the Paget Marsh Nature Reserve from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
It will be at the Rebecca Middleton Nature Reserve, on the Railway Trail in Paget, from 1.50pm to 3.15pm.
The final stop will be at Scaur Lodge, on Scaur Lane, Sandys, from 4pm to 5.30pm.
• Anyone interested in taking part should contact Myles Darrell at 705-9876 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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