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We The People to hold Tree Planting and Community Day, August 1st
Aug 1, 2011 - 4:39:39 AM

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On August 1st, 1834, now known as Emancipation Day, slavery for thousands of Africans living in the British colonies ended and freedom was the order of the day. On August 1st, 2011, We The People hopes to likewise to catalyze the emancipation of thousands of Bahamians living and working in our beautiful Bahamaland from the spirit of ‘non-community’ that seems to be sweeping the nation.

On August 1st, We The People will celebrate the power of the tree as it relates to community and is therefore partnering with The Bahamas Landscaping Association to provide, at cost, over 1000 trees for planting in New Providence neighborhoods. Trees will include the Pigeon Plum, the Adonadia Palm, the Royal Poinciana, Coconut Palm, Neem and the Washington Palm. Persons or communities wishing to participate can also plant a different type of tree if they so desire.
 
There is no doubt about the significance trees in nature and our surroundings - from a literal source of life, to food, to health, to medicine, to oxygen, and the list goes on and on. It is said that throughout time the tree not only provided relief from the sun (and rain), but more often than not was used as the meeting place for people to dream, imagine, discuss, develop or simply have fun.

We The People ask that on August 1st, 2011 everyone – “all a WE” – commit to planting trees as we all recognize this poignant moment for all Bahamians of all cultures. Let’s encourage our neighbours, our community and ourselves to plant at least one tree in front of our residence, property or in our community on that day.

The goal is to make this tree planting initiative and exercise a community building effort. Participants are being encouraged to plan a community barbeque and/or sports activity like a kite flying contest or softball game or a community clean up, after your tree is planted. For instance trees can be planted before 12 noon. After noon communities can get together in a nearby park and have a softball game or kite flying contest or a neighbor’s yard for a barbeque. It’s a good way to get to know your neighbor and discuss ideas for further community enhancements.
We invite communities to take pictures and forward them We The People, who will publish them in its media campaign to highlight the results of the day.

We The People and the Bahamas Landscaping Association have arranged a package of a tree and a bag of soil to be available at participating nurseries for only $25. Participating nurseries include: Caribbean Garden Centre, Monroe Landscaping, The Gardens, Native Touches, Rocky Farms, Natures Way, Charles Rolle Native Stone and Trees, and Foliage Express. Foliage Express out of Florida is providing trees at cost to supplement those that cannot be obtained locally.

Further details will be communicated on Cable Bahamas, daily news papers, radio morning shows and local talk shows

Until then, get together with your neighbors and begin planning your day for the We the People Community and Tree Planting Day on August 1st, 2011!



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