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