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JAPANESE VOLUNTEERS PLANTING IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE PLANET On the 10th of November 80 Japanese volunteers descended upon the Tsitsikamma to plant trees in collaboration with local reforestation and carbon offset NPO The Green Ticket.org
The group was in South Africa as part of a tree planting and food gardening goodwill mission coordinated by Japanese organisation the 'Wonderful World Tree Planting Festival', Johannesburg based Food & Trees for Africa and The Green Ticket.org. Earthwalker Paul Coleman, who has walked over 47 000 km through 39 nations spreading the environmental message was leading the group. Other stops included Cape Point, Khayelitsha, Klapmuts, Ocean View, Zwide and Motherwell.With cultural exchange and environmental focus taking center stage, the trip focused on introducing the visitors to the various aspects of South Africa including its natural beauty, biodiversity, its people and its cultures.A lot of fun was had by all – not in the least because the group arrived with a wide array of colourful costumes that added to the laughter all around.
The children of the local school in Storms River were treated to Japanese group Funkist first singing the anthem and then performing one of their own songs – all in costumes, masks and hats, followed by traditional dancers wearing beautiful flowing Japanese costumes. The kids loved it! Funkist had asked their fans at home to bring t-shirts along to their concerts for children in South Africa – so all lucky children at the school received a t-shirt. Then – with 27 of the children I tow – it was time to get down to business. Carina Potgieter of Sanparks had started the day with a background presentation about the challenges of forest rehabilitation with a focus on aliens and climate change to give the visitors a better understanding of the challenges of our specific biome. Sanparks had kindly made a piece of land next to the Big Tree parking lot available for the tree planting. At the Big Tree many of the visitors were visibly moved when faced with this majestic tribute to the forest, praying for peace at the base of the tree. A minutes silence was held for contemplation and prayer after which the tree planting commenced.
Teaming up with the grade 7s of the local school soon the chatter was running high – often with gestures and plenty of smiles making up for when language failed. Thanks to Sanparks kind help of clearing the area and digging holes beforehand 1000 indigenous trees sourced locally were planted in record time. To the delight of many Big Tree visitors the costumes came out again for another traditional dance and some kwaito dancing by the local kids. Carina Potgieter summed it up beautifully when asked how one carries on when faced with as many challenges as the protectors of our environment are today:
“I have always loved trees, loved the forest. And as you will see today, just being inside the forest is inspiration enough”
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GREENWOOD PRIMARY ECO ART COMPETITION
The Green Ticket was recently asked by Gill Wells of Greenwood Primary School in Plettenberg Bay to judge a competition and give a talk on global warming and climate change.
The children of all grades were asked to create something functional out of recycled waste material. The results were amazing! Declaring a winner was not easy as each entry showed great skill and innovative thinking. Below are some of the entries.
Before the awards were handed out The Green Ticket held a talk on Climate Change and how everyone can get involved to fight it.
We are looking forward to doing more work with Greenwood Primary in the future, thank you to everyone involved!
MADIBA'S 90 TREES
Madiba's 90 Trees was a fantastic initiative by Jean Sparg of the Plettenberg Bay botanical society. In honour of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday the project was designed to bring together different communities in a fellow project of nurturing and caring the growth of our Nation symbolised by 90 indigenous trees.The location of the trees was chosen accordingly - in between the predominantly white town area and the townships, therefore easily accessible for everyone.Every tree has a sponsor and a volunteer caring for the tree. The project has been supported by the Bitou Municipality who brought in water and man power for the day and promised fencing and a permanent water supply to help further caring for the trees.The Green Ticket.org was there on the day, sponsoring and planting a tree within this great initiative.