Gov’t, vol­un­teer groups work to re­store trees


The Parks and Street Lights Of­fice of Taipei City Public Works Depart­ment and var­i­ous vol­un­teer groups have ini­ti­ated ef­forts to save trees, and called for res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate be­fore or af­ter their work day.

More than a week af­ter Typhoon Soude­lor struck Tai­wan, thou­sands of trees re­main top­pled and up­rooted in Taipei City.

At an event yesterday, res­i­dents be­gan re­in­force­ment work early in the morn­ing on Sec­tions 7 and 8 of Civic Boule­vard. Along with gov­ern­men­tal work­ers, vol­un­teers trimmed trees and dug pits be­fore restor­ing trees and fas­ten­ing them with wooden stakes.

With Typhoon Goni ap­proach­ing and pos­si­bly hit­ting Tai­wan this week­end, Yo Yi ( ), a mem­ber of the Song­shan Cul­tural Park Tree Pro­tec­tion Vol­un­teer Team ( ) stated that they can only try their best at sav­ing as many trees as they can in the lim­ited time. “Though the process seems slow, we are quite con­fi­dent that these trees (af­ter re­in­force­ment) will not fall dur­ing the next typhoon.”

Yo stated that peo­ple should not rely only on the gov­ern­ment. “The city is ours, we should be in this to­gether.” Due to man­power short­ages at the Street Lights Of­fice, many trees were cut down “when they still had the chance to live,” Yo said that “through the par­tic­i­pa­tion of cit­i­zens, we can help the Parks and Street Lights Of­fice de­vote more time and energy to­ward sav­ing big­ger trees that can be han­dled by their work­ers.”

Tree sav­ing events started last Thurs­day with many peo­ple bring­ing their chil­dren along and volunteering to “adopt” trees as a fam­ily, af­ter re­plant­ing and pledg­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for them. “I be­lieve chil­dren can learn a lot through par­tic­i­pat­ing in these events,” vol­un­teer Chen Ming ( ) said, adding that “when one starts to care about the world around them, and see their re­spon­si­bil­ity in mak­ing a change, it will in­crease pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween peo­ple, which will surly ben­e­fit our whole so­ci­ety.”

A stu­dent sur­named Chen shared that as it was her first time par­tic­i­pat­ing in such events, she re­al­ized that de­spite the ini­tial dif­fi­culty, “when you choose to par­tic­i­pate, you then re­al­ize that you are ca­pa­ble of do­ing some­thing good for so­ci­ety.” Chen be­lieves that if peo­ple start with them­selves, they will in­flu­ence the peo­ple around them, and “the power is much larger than we can imag­ine.”

The next

tree-sav­ing event

is sched­uled for Sun­day, Aug. 23 at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. “This is only the be­gin­ning,” Yo said, “We hope the move­ments be­come a norm.”

He also stated that the Street Lights Of­fice is plan­ning to train 1,000 res­i­dents for the task.

“Once there is a dis­as­ter caused by strong winds, peo­ple can help out vol­un­tar­ily with pro­fes­sional skills,” said Yo.

Grace Ting-ann Lee, Spe­cial to The China Post

Mem­bers of the Song­shan Cul­tural Park Tree Pro­tec­tion Vol­un­teer Team tend to a tree in Taipei, yest­ser­day.

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