Connecting for the love of nature
Tree day is nearly here and there’s something for everyone on Coast
ENVIRONMENTAL groups, volunteers and schools across the Sunshine Coast will get their hands dirty this weekend for National Tree Day.
The day aims to plant more native trees and shrubs to protect nature, educate on global issues such as climate change and let people re-connect with the earth.
A number of Coast Care groups and businesses have partnered with the Sunshine Coast Council to get the local community involved with this hands-on day.
Coolum and North Shore Coast Care president Leigh Warneminde said the number of trees planted Australia-wide was important, as well as the local environmental benefits we often “take for granted”.
“On a very small local level it actually repairs a wildlife corridor along the creek and the trees provide so many services that we take for granted like air and habitats for the wildlife as well,” she said.
“If you look at a place without trees it’s quite sad.”
As well as preserving nature, the day aims to get kids away from technology and educate them more about climate change issues.
Local school, Matthew Flinders College is one of the many who jumped on board for School’s Tree Day on July 28 by planting lilly pillies along the boundary of their school oval.
Head of senior primary Ingrid Clarke said by helping to plant, it taught young children the importance of respecting the environment.
“It will teach the children how to care and have respect for the natural environment, also that we’re all caretakers,” she said.
“The whole idea of not just people whose roles might be to look after the grounds of a school or an environment that we share, but that we all have a responsibility.
“So it’s giving them the ownership to that.”
If you can’t make National Tree Day on July 30 or School’s Tree Day on July 28, Planet Ark reminds, “Everyday is Tree Day”.
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