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Trees & Seas Festival

Check out the Trees & Seas Festival, a global event that has the mission and goal to build a bridge between ocean and forest conservation.


Trees & Seas is a worldwide festival that has the mission and goal to build a bridge between ocean and forest conservation. It is organized by Plastic Oceans International, a non profit organization with the goal to end plastic pollution and to foster sustainable communities worldwide. We are all one planet, one environment, one global community and it’s our responsibility to create a global change through education and activism. The event will take place the first week of August in over 30 locations around the world. The main hub for this year will be Patagonia’s Chiloé island where there will be different types of activities to help our planet. More than 80,000 trees will be planted, over 100 beaches and forests will be cleaned and there will be dozens of workshops and panel discussions you will be able to participate in. 

 

Eco Hotels & Resorts is proud to be part of this movement and we want to encourage you to be part of it as well by doing simple initiatives in your daily life. If we all work together we will start seeing small changes in our planet.

 


Trees & Seas Festival

 

Tree Planting

 

Trees are a vital part of our planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. This is one of the main reasons that the Trees & Seas Festival promotes reforestation; here we will provide you a guide on how to plant a tree. Remember if we all do small activities like this, we will see a great change in our planet!

 

  • - First of all, pick a good time of the year based on your climate. Normally spring and fall seasons are the best! Weather is really important for trees, so make sure you are well informed before beginning tree planting. 

 

  • - Find a location in need of trees, let’s start planting in empty spaces! Contact your local municipality to make sure your location is allowed for tree planting. 

 

  • - Get local support from your community, it is essential to your planting’s success!

 

  • - Select trees that are native to the area and appropriate for its ecosystem so you don’t harm the local flora and fauna.

 

  • - Consider all factors depending on the location you chose (sunlight, street signs etc), also check that the tree you’re going to plant is in good condition so it doesn’t become a problem when it grows!

 

  • - Train your volunteers on proper techniques for planting trees and record all of the tree details (height, species, condition etc). 

 

  • - Give maintenance to the trees you plant to avoid mortality, make a proper plan for at least two years. 

 

  • - Share with the world! Take plenty of photos and videos of the process and share them on your social media and in photos@plasticoceans.org

 

Trees & Seas Festival

 

Trees & Seas Festival

 

Cleanups 

 

Finally, we’re going to guide you on how to do a successful cleanup, it can be in a lake, beach, river, forest etc. Cleanups are extremely important events that help mitigate problems caused by plastic pollution. According to Ocean Refresh “marine plastic pollution has impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species”.

 

We need to do something urgently to solve this problem! In the guideline below we will show you the steps that need to be taken in order to do a successful cleanup:

 

  • - Location! Find a spot in need of a cleanup, preferably in a place that has plastic pollution.

 

  • - Consult with your local municipality if you need any type of permit and check if you can recycle your waste.

 

  • - Organize supplies and tools (gloves, bags, masks etc). Follow COVID guidelines at the time of your event. 

 

  • - Inform your volunteers about plastic pollution so they know what they are doing, don’t forget to bring them snacks and water!

 

  • - Record all of your data (volunteers, weight of the waste collected etc.)

 

  • - Share with the world! Take plenty of photos and videos of the process and share them on your social media and in photos@plasticoceans.org

 

Trees & Seas Festival

 

Either if you are planting a tree or doing a cleanup don’t forget to be safe and have fun! These activities are a great learning experience and we assure you’ll enjoy every part of the process as you benefit your community. 

 

For more information don’t forget to visit https://plasticoceans.org/ to learn more about this amazing project and all the initiatives they have. Remember, if we don’t take care of our planet no one else will!

 

Trees & Seas Festival

 

“The Earth is what we all have in common.”

Wendell Berry

 

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