Take a minute and look at the world around you. How many trees and things made of trees do you see? When I look around my room I see so many things that come from wood: paper, photo frames, our desk, our bed and even our door. We depend a lot of trees. Today at the Zimpeto Children's Centre we celebrated the International Day of Trees.
After breakfast, all of the children who live at our centre headed towards the refetorium in celebration of Tree Day. Different dorms presented much like what would happen at a school assembly in Canada.
Some of our girls presented a special dance and then others presented the posters we have been making all week while we learnt about trees.
Then each dorm was given two trees to plant around their dorm. We received a lemon tree and an orange tree. Our girls worked together to dig a hole for the tree. Everyone was so excited! It reminded me of the field trip when my grade 4 class at Elmdale went to the Baxter Conservation Area last year.
Tradicional african cultures are renowned for taking care of the environment and for respecting nature. Unfortunately when foreign nations try to export goods from developing nations like Mozambique, there is a tendency to deplete their natural ressources and further stifle a country's development.
Today was a wonderful way of actively celebrating the environment, planting trees, and remembering to cherish nature.