The years 2015 - 2018 are the world’s hottest years since the recording of weather patterns began and now, according to NASA, 2019 is on track to be even hotter. Planting trees is the best and easiest way to counter global warming. In a recent Science article, researchers estimated that not only is tree-planting fifty times more effective than other forms of emissions combating but it also helps micro-climates or th,e areas around the planted trees, to be cooler and have a cleaner air.
Here in Old Ottawa South, we have been planting trees on the patch of land on Canal Woods Terrace near Bronson Avenue for ten years. We do it to help clean the air in our neighbourhood and to protect our community from the noise and sight of the seven-lane monstrosity that Bronson has become.
We are proud of all the more-than-two-hundred trees that we have planted, but some of the highlights are the apple tree given by our friends at the old Tundra video store; the tree planted in memory of Farkhunda Malikzada the female activist in Afghanistan, and the two maples, donated by the City of Toronto, that were grown from seeds from the original tree that inspired Canada’s first national song—The Maple Leaf Forever. In between the trees, Sandra Garland, an expert in plants that help pollinators, has begun a meadow refuge for butterflies and bees.
There will be another tree-planting & wild flower sowing on September 15th between 9.00a.m. and noon. Please do come, join in, bring children of all ages. The event will have a native Algonquin elder leading a smudge ceremony to help gather our spirits for the planting.
Where: Canal Woods Terrace (old Bronson Place) at the corner of Bronson and Sunnyside
Time: 9.00 a.m. - noon (drop in for as long or as short as you can)
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
There will be coffee and doughnuts—but do bring your shovels!