Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Plant a Tree

A Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner called on people around the world to plant 1 billion trees in the next year, saying Wednesday the effort is a way ordinary citizens can fight global warming.

Wangari Maathai, who in 2004 became the first black African woman to win a Nobel in any category, urged participants to ensure the trees thrive long after they are planted.

"It's one thing to plant a tree, it's another to make it survive," said Maathai, who founded Kenya's Green Party in 1987 and focused on planting trees to address the wood fuel crisis here.
Maathai said the campaign is meant to inspire ordinary citizens to help the environment.

"This something that anybody can do," Maathai said Wednesday at the U.N. conference on climate change, which has drawn delegates from more than 100 countries to Kenya.

Do something good today - pick up a piece of trash, plant a tree, recycle a plastic bottle, walk instead of driving . . . . We can make a difference, and we proved that with the elections yesterday.


Blogger prunella jones said...

Very true.

11:10 AM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

I put up a fake christmas tree in the office... but I guess that doesn't really count.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

mishy - well you already have lots of beautiful trees where you live! So Cal? Not so much . . .

12:55 PM  
Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

I’m proud to have been a part of a city-wide tree planting effort. I was one of many volunteers. The city received some sort of a grant to plant trees in the easements between the streets and sidewalks throughout the city. I felt good about contributing to the effort, and not just because I was (we all were) recognized by the city; it was a good thing to do for the city, the community, and Mother Earth.

I hope you don’t mind that I’ve put you as a link on my blog. I do enjoy reading yours.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

dan - great tale of involvement in making your community a better place . . . and thanks for linking me!

6:09 PM  
Blogger norm said...

Norm suggests you plant species only native to your area!!

8:55 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

norm - good point!

7:18 AM  
Blogger v said...

What a great message and more power to Maathai and the Green Party (whichever nation it is in).

And we definitely need to take head-on the Global Warming problem. Hopefully the Dems will do something about that. Actually, they better.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

v - Rick Pombo being defeated for Congress in central California is a good start!

10:09 PM  

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