60,000 steps towards the City of Trees

In Australia, the National Tree Day is coming up, and in the 34th Sustainable Hour, we take this as an opportunity to go green and talk in-depth about both practical and visionary aspects of tree planting.

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As part of the Greenway Project, Geelong Council will plant over 60,000 trees and shrubs over the next five years.

Guests in the studio:
Meg Caffin, Greenway Coordinator, Consulting Urban Forester, and
Alan Dawson, Tree Maintenance Officer and Manager of the Tree Unit in City of Greater Geelong

Pre-recorded interview:
Doug Mann, arts teacher at Geelong Highschool



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Doug Mann’s vision: City of Trees

Interview with Doug Mann – 6 minutes.
Download mp3 by right-clicking here


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UPDATE 28 July 2014

Overwhelming community support for tree planting

Friday the 25 July was the Planet Ark National Schools Tree Planting Day. Around 1,200 trees were planted by over 300 kids from Ashby Primary School, Hamlyn Banks Primary School and Geelong High Schools.

On Sunday 27th July, the Planet Ark Community Tree Planting Day saw 5,200 trees go in along a half kilometre stretch of the Greenway. Alan, Meg and the Geelong Council staff were hoping for 2,000 so a great result.

Over 250 people turned up, many staying for quite a few hours.
Particular groups and people that worked very hard:

• The Lions Club – particularly The Geelong Lions Breakfast Club
• 1st Belmont Scout Group
• 1st Highton Scout Group
• Western Heights Uniting Church
• The late Ted Wilsons partner, his two daughters and his grandchildren
• The Geelong Cycling Club
• Geelong College students
• About 10 locals living nearby to Haines Reserve
…along with many dedicated individuals and families who came along for the day.

Greenway Coordinator Meg Caffin and Tree Maintenance Officer Alan Dawson were both overwhelmed with the results, “the power of the Geelong community!”

In the next months, Council will be running dedicated tree planting mornings to specialised groups: Foundation 61, Nelson Park Special School, Leisure Networks disabled program, Diversitat Youth and Northern Bay College Youth program.

Next year, they will start planting earlier, around May if soil moisture allows and will conduct two big community planting days – one on Planet Ark’s National Tree Day and another in September.

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The National Tree Day is marked in Geelong

The upcoming community tree planting day, 27 July 2014, will be marked in Hamlyn Heights, at the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, and on the Bellarine.

Council has committed to greening up the Ted Wilson Trail, a 21 kilometre bike path that runs along the Geelong Ring Road. It is currently bereft of any vegetation, apart from some plantings done by Council over the last few years. As part of the Greenway Project, Council will plant over 60,000 trees and shrubs along the trail over the next five years.

In order to help us get the trees in the ground, Greenway Project is asking for local volunteers to help with tree planting. They are holding a Community Tree Planting Day in conjunction with Planet Ark, Active in Parks and the Australia wide 202020 Vision campaign on Sunday 27 July 2014.

The plan is to plant over 2,000 trees on the day from 9:30am til 3pm along the Greenway at Haines Reserve in Hamlyn Heights.

The Lions Club will be putting on a free BBQ, tea and coffee to keep all tree planters warm and all of the local Geelong community is encouraged to come along and help build an iconic Geelong green space.

» All information about the National Tree Day can be found at  www.treeday.planetark.org/site/10003872





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DOG ROCKS FLORA & FAUNA SANCTUARY:

Come and help us put back the pieces on National Tree Day

Get involved with National Tree Day at the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary on Sunday 27 July. Help restoring and regenerating this precious remnant woodland. Bring along your family and friends and the organisers will reward you with morning tea and a barbecue lunch as well.

The best way to restore and regenerate the land is to put back the pieces that make up healthy natural systems. Native plants evolved to suit the local climate and soils. Re-vegetation with native plants brings back often-rare plant communities, creates wildlife habitat and helps restore our natural heritage.

Planting native trees, shrubs and grasses and removing invasive weeds has many benefits such as:
• reconnecting fragmented natural areas
• restoring a vital link in the water cycle
• reducing wind and water erosion
• improving air quality
• rebuilding soils
• reducing temperature extremes
• creating refuges for wildlife and urbanised humans.

So bring your family and friends and come and help us plant in the Sanctuary on Sunday 27th July from 9.30 am to 12 noon.
A delicious morning tea will reward your efforts.
A barbecue will also be provided at 12:30pm.

RSVP please dogrockssanctuary AT bigpond DOT com and bring appropriate clothing and tools.

95 Dog Rocks Road, Batesford, Victoria.
Phone 5276 1302
» Home page:  www.dogrockssanctuary.org

National Tree Day
www.treeday.planetark.org



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Surf Coast Times – 26 June 2014:
School project protects Point Impossible
Northern Bay College students have planted over 250 indigenous plants at Point Impossible as part of a local environmental education program which has benefited both participants and the coast.



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Australia’s first benchmark report on urban tree canopy cover

The report captures, for the first time ever in Australia, the percentage of trees across our most dense, urban, metropolitan areas.

‘Where are All the Trees? An analysis of urban tree canopy cover in Australia’ is based on a national study we conducted in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The report is significant as there has never been a national analysis of Australia’s tree canopy cover in our most dense, urban LGAs and currently tree canopy cover and green spaces in Australia are in decline.

The results show that Hobart, Brisbane and Darwin are leading our nation’s greenest cities with the highest percentage of tree canopy cover – compared to our two largest cities Sydney and Melbourne which have less than 15 per cent canopy coverage.

Here are some social media images that you can download and then upload or email to help spread the word.

Both the report and a full copy of the ISF study is available for download on the 202020 Vision website.



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Trees and footprints

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48 lbs equals around 22 kilo of CO2

An average Australian citizen emits around 18,000 kilo CO2 per year into the atmosphere. To offset that and become “carbon-neutral”, each Australian would need to plant 820 trees every year.

Now that sounds like a lot. But actually there are a number of easy ways to get started where others will be doing the planting job for you. For instance, using a search engine as Ecosia is one way to get started.

Also, there are tree planting projects happening not only on the National Tree Day, but all year round. And you can talk with Geelong Council about starting your own project or request a tree planting.

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www.ecosia.com


» More information about annual emissions per capita


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India announces plans to plant two billion trees

The Hindu and Huffington Post reports that a new afforestation initiative from India’s Rural Development Ministry aims to plant two billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways

» The Hindu:
200 cr trees to be planted along highways: Gadkari

» Huffington Post:
2 Billion New Trees To Be Planted In India, Official Says

» Mother Nature Network – 21 July 2014:
To fight unemployment, India to plant 2 billion trees
A new initiative in India will employ up to 300,000 youths in an effort to improve air quality and provide opportunities to the unemployed.



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CALENDAR

Fracking Protest at Council Meeting

at Geelong City Hall on Tuesday 22 July at 6:30pm

“City of Greater Geelong Council is set to decide their position on fracking in the next month. This is a critical time to voice the communities concerns and ensure that CoGG Councillors keep Geelong free of gas mining.
We need to make a strong statement that the there is huge public interest on the matter of fracking in Geelong.”

» Read more



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Geelong Green Roofs A vision for Geelong’s rooftops

Imagine you are looking out over central Geelong towards the bay from one of the multi level buildings on the hill. In the foreground, you gaze over a patchwork of living, green roofs, which enhance the liveability of this unique city.
What were once bare, vacant roof spaces are now a community and environmental asset, which help cool the city centre on hot days and bring a sense of energy and life. A city that saves energy, recycles stormwater and feels alive, where birds and insects buzz between buildings on cool breezes. This could be our city, Geelong, the ‘Green Roof Capital of Australia’.

» Geelong Green Roofs on Facebook: facebook.com/GreenRoofsGeelong



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Podcast: Beyond Zero Emissions Community Show

Beyond Zero Emissions Community Show is a one hour podcast focusing on activism and campaigning is recorded live every Monday at 5pm. The show aims to provide up-to-date news about community campaigns, actions and events from around Australia, including interviews with members of the climate action group community.
» Listen to the show and read more:  www.bze.org.au



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