By Matilde Moyano
If many people take small actions, an important change can be generated. This is what Elizabeth Fogwill and Milagros Sánchez from the Water and Youth Movement told us during our visit to ExpoBIO Argentina Sustentable. They promote the Tree Week campaign, which in its fifth edition continues to raise awareness about afforestation and the importance of linking people with native trees.
The objective of this initiative is to provide tools so that anyone can plant, donate or adopt a tree, through a website that hosts a map from which you can indicate which of these three actions you want to carry out. Elizabeth told us that they already worked from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego, and clarified that “it is called Tree Week, but in reality the campaign is throughout the year. What is done in Tree Week is to quantify the number of trees that can be planted in a week ”.
So far in 2016, more than 55,000 trees have already been placed. Municipalities, organizations, schools, but also private individuals participate in this action: "Many people make seedlings, but if once the tree grows you cannot have them at home, put it as a donation on the page so that someone can adopt it and plant it Elizabeth explained.
Although Tree Week is not going to solve the serious problem of deforestation that our country is going through, it contributes to raising awareness. Milagros indicated that it is "an awareness tool, beyond the fact that there are benefits in terms of capturing carbon dioxide emissions. You can see an impact, each tree captures 0.55 tons of CO2 per year. We measure that, is a great indicator and we also use it as another way to raise awareness about the problem of climate change and how to mitigate it ", adding that" the main idea is to reestablish a link with our environment, we seek to raise awareness about what is our relationship with trees, in this case native, and also reestablish the idea of the importance of the native in terms of what is ours, return a little to our roots and what is typical of our natural heritage ”.
Municipalities such as San Miguel, Quilmes, Tigre, provinces such as Salta, Misiones, Tucumán, Entre Ríos, and also countries such as Mexico, Colombia and Paraguay participate in this action. Currently in Río Negro, for example, they are planting trees in large quantities, it is also important to note that the objective is to be able to account for small actions.
Below you can watch a video of the Tree Week, which through the slogan "What if the trees could talk, do you know what they would say?" explains that they purify the air, absorb carbon dioxide, help reduce the effect of climate change, dampen noise, provide shade, regulate the temperature of the environment, improve the landscape, prevent floods, and much more: