THE ADOPT-A-TREE PROGRAMME IN BARBADOS
Recently, The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister, has issued a call to action for all Barbadians at home and abroad to focus attention on matters that are of critical importance to our national development and transformation. In this regard, a major feature of the 2020 calendar is the National Tree Planting Project, which aims to begin the planting of one million trees across Barbados.
This National Project is intended to accomplish multiple goals, including: mitigating the negative effects of climate change, by reducing our carbon footprint; while at the same time, providing trees for shade; for beautification for recreation, for business and entrepreneurship, for conservation of our ecosystems and for food security.
Trees help to cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into their trunks, branches, and leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. In cities, trees can reduce overall temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius. With more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities—a number expected to increase to 66% by the year 2050—pollution and overheating are becoming a real threat. Fortunately, a mature tree can absorb an average of 48 lbs of carbon dioxide per year, making our country a healthier, safer place to live.
The planting of trees will not only contribute to promoting environmental sustainability but will also engender a culture of respect for the environment; enhance the landscape and beauty of our country; reduce erosion and soil degradation; enhance water retention, thus reducing run-off and flooding.
This “ Adopt-A-Tree” project can seen as a gesture of good will to honour Barbadians but which also should be seen as:
Cooperating with Barbados in satisfying its international commitments to the Global community when we signed the Paris Climate Accord.
Cooperating with us in addressing the challenges of climate change as its affects small island developing states.
We believe that as the planted trees grow, it will signify the growth and the flourishing of relationships and the Barbados Diaspora is being encouraged to adopt a tree in the Botanical Gardens in Barbados.
This Adopt-A-Tree Programme (AATP) is designed to honour or commemorate a special person with a tree in their name. In Barbados, we are planting One Million Trees. Your gift is symbolic and helps to plant these trees within the National Botanical gardens. We will send a letter you a letter thanking you for your gift and special certificate and a plaque which identifies your contribution will be provided by National Conservation Commission to commemorate the planting of your tree.