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Tree Huggers Unite! August 14, 2009

Filed under: climate change,environmentally friendly,gardening,Ottawa — MindfulMerchant @ 1:10 am

photo opp 013 Ottawa, Ontario is where my husband and I have decided to raise our family.  We love living here and think it is a beautiful city.  If you have never been to Ottawa, I encourage you to visit Canada’s Capital city.  It has so much to offer, impressive museums, national treasures, great dining, and friendly people.

On May 8th 2007 the City of Ottawa issued a national challenge, asking Canadian municipalities to join Ottawa in planting trees for the planet as part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Planet for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. This is a major worldwide tree planting campaign with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide.  Impressive, no?

As a resident, we can receive a free tree every year to plant wherever we want.  Big trees, small trees, fruit trees, small shrubs, there is a variety to chose.  Free.  It gets better…this year they actually deliver the tree to your front door.  How simple is that?  I find that a large number of Ottawa-nians (is that the correct term?) are unaware of this awesome program.  I am planning a small-scale reforestation project in our yard that is now spreading throughout our neighbourhood.  Trees are good for the environment, good for curb appeal, and good for reducing your energy bills.   

If you live in Ottawa, why not sign up for a free tree? It is as easy as filling out an on-line request form and the digging of a small hole.  If you live outside the region, I would love to hear about what your municipality is doing to meet this worldwide challenge.

Free trees are fantastic!




2 Responses to “Tree Huggers Unite!”

  1. Karen Marie Says:

    Planting a tree is a fun thing to do with your child. On Earth Day this year every child in my son’s school was sent home with a baby tree. We planted it in my front yard. My challenge now is to protect it properly so that it makes it through the winter.

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