The 1st week of September is National arbor week. This week serves to promote awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa, especially for the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren areas. Every Arbor Week celebration highlights two specific trees, one common and one rare species. Schools, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in community "greening" events to improve the health and beauty of the local environment and propose a green future for South Africa. Planting trees can help to fight global warming.
Some of Port Elizabeth residents don’t know what arbor week is, Is this ignorance or is it just that people are not informed about global warming and its effects on the country? Thembeka Zitshu; a resident of Enjoli is one of the residents who doesn't know what arbor week is. She said she won't be planting any trees as she doesn't even know what arbor week is. She also stated that she is aware of global warming and is doing her part by switching off her geyser at night. “I know about global warming and I am doing my share in protecting the environment by switching my geyser off at night and I do recycle, but I don’t know what arbor week is”.
Thembeka isn’t the only one in Port Elizabeth who doesn’t know what arbor week is. Phumlisa Mini is a grade 5 scholar at Kwa-Noxolo primary school and doesn’t know about is. One would ask shouldn’t school kids be taught about these things? Well they don’t in Kwa-Noxolo. Ask anyone about Port Elizabeth weather, it is definite they will all say it is unpredictable. With people not knowing what arbor week is and children not taught about it, the weather is sure to be unpredictable.
2 September 2011