Tree plant­ing at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate

The Compass - - OPINION -

The Car­bon­ear Girl Guides Pathfinder Unit part­nered with Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate teach­ers and stu­dent coun­cil last month on a Girl Guides of Canada tree plant­ing pro­ject. The pro­ject was funded through a part­ner­ship be­tween Girl Guides of Canada and TD Friends of the En­vi­ron­ment Foun­da­tion.

The theme for the event was “ON THE GROW, tak­ing ac­tion for a bet­ter world!”

The in­tent of the pro­ject is to trans­form the the area sur­round­ing the school to a green space which can be en­joyed by both stu­dents of the school and com­mu­nity mem­bers. Hor­ti­cul­tural con­sul­tant Mal­colm Brad­bury shared his time and his knowl­edge of tree plant­ing with the group.

Pathfinder girls who will at­tend Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate in the fall will con­tinue to care for the trees. The trees planted are Flame Amur Maple, which will grow to a height of up to 20 feet. It has green leaves that turn flam­ing red in the fall.

The World Think­ing Day theme for 2012 was “We can save our planet,” and the aim was to raise aware­ness of the en­vi­ron­ment and the im­pacts our life­styles and choices have on it.

En­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity is the sev­enth of eight ar­eas of fo­cus made by 189 world lead­ers at the United Na­tions Mil­len­nium Sum­mit in 2000. It is part of the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Global Ac­tion Theme, which en­cour­ages girls and young women to make a per­sonal com­mit­ment to change the world around them by link­ing to an im­por­tant agenda: the United Na­tions’ Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals (MDG).

An im­por­tant as­pect of our school and stu­dent coun­cils and our Guid­ing units is bridg­ing part­ner­ships with other com­mu­nity mem­bers and or­ga­ni­za­tions which help make th­ese projects even more suc­cess­ful.

— Sub­mit­ted by Ch­eryl Rowe

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