Tree planting activities which will take place on March 21st in Xanthi, organized by “Plant your roots in Greece” foundation in collaboration with the Mayor of Xanthi, M. Stylianides, will be held in memory of renowned journalist Lambros Papantoniou, who passed away in Washington on May 28th 2009, having served journalism and promotion our national issues for over three decades. Furthermore, this coming November, in collaboration with the Mayor of Avdira, B. Tsolakidis, a park will be created bearing the name of Lambros Papantoniou at Mandra village, homeland of Lambros Papantoniou.
The reforestation activities carried out by “Plant Your Roots in Greece” foundation will be continued in March, in Nigrita Serres, Kastelorizo, Arta, in the area of Taygetos, Strovolos Municipality in Cyprus, while tree planting activities are underway in other areas of Greece and Cyprus.
On March 22nd tree planting activities will be held in “Alonia” region by the Local Triantafylia Community at Visaltia Municipality, Serres, with the participation of volunteers and students of Dimitritsi Primary School, towards the upgrading of the area, but also the mobilization of citizens and mainly the younger generation in environmental protection issues.
Mayors of other areas, collaborating with the foundation, as well as political leadership representatives will be present at the tree planting activities in Kastelorizo, on the 30th of March.
“We are sincerely moved and thank the Association for the Study of Greeks Abroad and its President, Kostas Paschalidis, who contributed to the excellent organization of the tree planting activities, as well as the Mayor of Megisti, Mr. Panigiris and the Chairman of M. Amygdalo Citi Council for this collaboration. We encourage volunteers and interested citizens to attend the activities”, states the President of the Foundation, Mr. Theodore Spyropoulos from Chicago.
Tree Planting Activities in Cyprus
The first ever collaboration of the foundation with a Municipality in Cyprus will be held in March. More specifically, Strovolos Municipality will be holding a series of tree-planting activities for making use of 7 new green locations. Environmental groups from local schools, the Ecologist Movement, citizens, as well as staff from the Garden and Green Department of the Municipality.
Tree-planting activities will follow in Arta, Oreokastro in Thessaloniki and Aiani in Kozani, where the foundation supports the continuation of the study for scientific planting in the Archaeological Museum area, in collaboration with the head of the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquitites, Dr. Georgia Karamitrou – Mentesidi.
Declare Taygetos a National Park
Already three reforestation campaigns were held in Mt. Taygetos in January and February. During the third and largest reforestation, the response of the public was overwhelming, as over 400 volunteers participated and 11.000 black pine trees were planted. The tree – planting was organized by “Taygetos Action Group”, with the participation of several environmental and cultural association, SKAI network and citizens of all ages from Messinia and Lakonia.
“Taygetos Action Group” continue their efforts since the closure of the dump in Palia Maratholakka on October 19th 2010, on the issue of preventing the installation of a mobile waste processing unit for the extended Municipality of Kalamata in Nea Maratholakka, covering 31.000 square meter forest area – next to the old dump – where it is estimated that 200 tons will be handled on a daily basis. The foundation’s associates in Messinia continue their activities to declare Taygetos a National Park. The relevant study is complete, awaiting approval by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias.
For participations in the tree planting activities in Kastelorizo, Xanthi, Nigrita, Arta and Avdira, interested parties can call the following numbers: +30 2321 500000 ή 0030 6998070600, or contact their local authorities.
For the area of Taygetos, interested parties can contact: 6978030105, while for the other tree planting activities with Municipalities or organizations participating, or the offices of Plant Your Roots in Greece in Chicago.
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Source: ANA – MPA