August 12, 2021
Alta Vista Junior Youth and their Tree Giveaway Community Service
Look ye not upon the seed, look ye upon the tree, and its blossoms and its fruits.
On Sunday, July 25, thanks to the sponsorship of Ecology Ottawa, junior youth distributed free trees to many thankful Ottawa citizens. The young participants, aged 11 to 15 years, belong to the Junior Youth Empowerment Program, Alta Vista chapter, the goals of which include spiritual growth, friendship, and community-building.
They worked together in unity as they distributed free black elderberry, white spruce, and red oak tree saplings as lined-up recipients happily agreed to plant them in places where they could flourish. The Bahá’í Centre parking lot was bedecked with a lineup of community members desirous of free tree saplings, a table of young volunteers eager to help people choose their tree saplings, and a craft table with chalk and construction paper for the children. The sun shone and chirping birds mingled with the sound of the latest pop tune favourites. By the roadside, the junior youth waved signs encouraging people driving by to drop in and choose a tree.
Jaden of Ecology Ottawa, a
co-op student from Carleton University, noted the importance of
offering a diversity of tree species since monoculture planting – which
means planting only one type of tree – in one area can lead to
long-term problems like when the emerald ash borer destroyed large
numbers of ash trees clustered in various neighbourhoods. She also
noted that tree giveaways are an occasion to educate the public and
give people of every background the opportunity to join in the planting
of new trees. A survey will be given to the tree sapling owners one
year after planting to see how their trees are faring. Susie, another
volunteer with Ecology Ottawa, oversaw the sign-ins and was delighted
with the participation and level of enthusiasm.