This event is dedicated to promote a global view of the earth as a living, breathing entity that must be taken care of because it sustains all living things found in nature.
This year’s observance on April 22nd is being held under the theme “Trees for the Earth”. Planting trees is one of the most important things we can do to slow climate change, as trees absorb harmful carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. They also absorb odors and pollutant gases, and filter particles out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and barks. In addition, they help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and a source of income.
This year’s activity, Soleil Kouché, takes place at the Married Women’s Quarters at Vigie. This site has a spectacular view of the entrance of Castries Harbour and Half Moon Battery at La Toc. Participants will assemble next to the Mexican Embassy at Vigie where a procession will start at 4:30 p.m. The main address will be delivered by Mr. Adams Toussaint, Chief Forest Officer. The programme will also feature dance, poetry and drama from some of Saint Lucia’s leading artists, as well as a symbolic tree planting exercise.
Additionally, Soleil Kouché will be held at the Soufriere Waterfront from 4: 30 p.m. As usual, both activities promise to deliver inspiring messages and exciting performances.
Members of the public are urged to attend these events. Come celebrate Earth Day with the Saint Lucia National Trust and the millions of people around the world who are working toward making the earth a more sustainable place to live.