400 Trees of Friendship: Tirana and other capitals of the region, part of the EFB initiative

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By TTimes October 29, 2020 16:20

400 Trees of Friendship: Tirana and other capitals of the region, part of the EFB initiative

European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) has launched its “Trees of Friendship” initiative which will involve planting 400 trees in all regional capital cities. The idea behind it is to compensate the damage by CO2 emissions which occurred due to EFB’s business travel in 2019. The goal of this action is to prove that, by taking individual responsibility, one can make a difference on the local and regional level, as well.  

The trees will be planted simultaneously, on October 30th at 11.00 a.m. in Belgrade, Skopje, Pristina, Tirana, Podgorica and Sarajevo, with numerous local partners having announced their volunteer and logistic support.

“This event is primarily intended to raise the regional citizens’ awareness about the consequences of their individual actions on environmental pollution. We are very pleased to have established cooperation with relevant local-level partners in pursuing this issue“, Aleksandra Tomanić, EFB Executive Director, explained.

“The ongoing pandemic-related circumstances have prevented us from involving citizens in this activity, as was initially planned, but the main message remains, namely the importance of every individual’s decisions, such as the choice of an environmentally conscious means of transportation, for the sake of helping oneself and others”, Katarina Tadić, EFB Program Manager, added.

Apart from the symbolic and motivational significance of this planting event, the organizers have decided to undertake it to also raise awareness about the increasingly common air pollution in regional countries:

“Last year, cities in the region have repeatedly occupied lists of the world’s most polluted cities, and therefore it is important to take joint and concrete steps towards preventing this from repeating. Tree planting is one of the simplest and most important steps in this direction”, Tadić emphasized.

A special significance of the “Tree of Friendship“ action is joint regional connecting and acting by the organizations dealing with eco-activism, with much experience working in local communities: Pravo na grad (Right to the City), Šuma peva (The Forest Sings) and Ulice za bicikliste (Streets for Cyclists) from Belgrade,  Za čisto i lijepo Sarajevo (For Clean and Pretty Sarajevo) from Sarajevo, Environmental Territorial Management Institute from Tirana, Sbunker from Pristina, Skopje Smog Alarm, Air Care and Treebank from Skopje, OZON from Podgorica.

TTimes
By TTimes October 29, 2020 16:20