A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES

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A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES

Today evening after a short summer rain brought the heat down a bit, the TREE WALK-Tvm organized its campaign "Trivandrum, do we need Trees?" with the special event A Signature Tree for Trees in front of the Secretariat gate. The 5 Ficus trees standing there which have been planted by the Taxi stand drivers, providing shade and coolness for many years is under threat for road widening.Anyone who has passed this way once would know how absurd the road widening in this area could be!

The signature campaign started with 13 year old Madhav signing on the white cloth which was tied around one of the huge Ficus trees there. The rest of the group also joined soon. The Tree walk volunteers spoke to the public, distributed notices and urged them to sign for the trees. There was a range of people from students, officers, teachers, women vendors and elderly people who showed willingness to sign and expressed their concern about trees being removed so indiscriminately. There were also people from other parts of the country like Bombay and TamilNadu who joined the campaign.

The highlight of the program were the songs that the M.B.S.Youth Choir functioning in the city for 25 years sang in support of the movement. This attracted the attention of the passersby. The process of signing was accompanied by active discussions on how more trees could be planted, how to plan city development without removing green cover and so on.
The campaign could collect 300 signatures both on the cloth and on paper.The Oppumaram or Signature Tree would move to other parts of the city where trees are under threat and mobilize public opinion. Without VIPs, without speeches and loud slogans, the campaign was able to touch the heart and thoughts of many.

( written by Anitha.S, Coordinator of the Tree walk with photos from Susanth and Suresh Elamon)

Facebook : The TREE WALK -TVM
http://www.facebook.com/groups/115646138581706/

http://youtu.be/SPp-vSA8oBA

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A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES

  1. 1. A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREESToday evening after a short summer rain brought the heat down abit, the TREE WALK-Tvm organized its campaign "Trivandrum, dowe need Trees?" with the special event A Signature Tree for Treesin front of the Secretariat gate. The 5 Ficus trees standing therewhich have been planted by the Taxi stand drivers, providingshade and coolness for many years is under threat for roadwidening.Anyone who has passed this way once would know howabsurd the road widening in this area could be!5/13/2013A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES -Secretariat Gate , TrivandrumTree Walk , Trivandrum
  2. 2. • The signature campaign started with 13 year oldMadhav signing on the white cloth which was tiedaround one of the huge Ficus trees there. The rest ofthe group also joined soon. The Tree walk volunteersspoke to the public, distributed notices and urgedthem to sign for the trees. There was a range of peoplefrom students, officers, teachers, women vendors andelderly people who showed willingness to sign andexpressed their concern about trees being removed soindiscriminately. There were also people from otherparts of the country like Bombay and TamilNadu whojoined the campaign.5/13/2013A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES -Secretariat Gate , TrivandrumTree Walk , Trivandrum
  3. 3. • The highlight of the program were the songsthat the M.B.S.Youth Choir functioning in thecity for 25 years sang in support of themovement. This attracted the attention of thepassersby. The process of signing wasaccompanied by active discussions on howmore trees could be planted, how to plan citydevelopment without removing green coverand so on.5/13/2013A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES -Secretariat Gate , TrivandrumTree Walk , Trivandrum
  4. 4. • The campaign could collect 300 signaturesboth on the cloth and on paper.TheOppumaram or Signature Tree would move toother parts of the city where trees are underthreat and mobilize public opinion. WithoutVIPs, without speeches and loud slogans, thecampaign was able to touch the heart andthoughts of many.5/13/2013A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES -Secretariat Gate , TrivandrumTree Walk , Trivandrum
  5. 5. • ( written by Anitha.S, Coordinator of the Treewalk with photos from Susanth and SureshElamon)• Facebook : The TREE WALK -TVM• http://www.facebook.com/groups/115646138581• http://youtu.be/SPp-vSA8oBA5/13/2013A SIGNATURE TREE FOR TREES -Secretariat Gate , TrivandrumTree Walk , Trivandrum
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