For the first time in its history, the annual Environmental/Arbor Day Expo will span two days, covering September 27 and 28, at the National Conservation Commission’s headquarters at Codrington, St. Michael, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.
The expo, which also reflects Government’s policy on the Green Economy, will climax a week of activities that will begin on September 22. It will celebrate National Arbor Day under the theme: Trees: The Circle of Life, and will include a series of tree donations, tree planting ceremonies and plant propagation workshops.
Special Projects Officer at the NCC, Ricardo Marshall, explained that school groups will be accommodated during the expo on Friday, September 27, and it will be open to members of the public September 28.
“The objective of the expo is to promote the importance of trees and their impact on the environment, through practical and interactive demonstrations,” he said.
He added that the expo would also showcase various products and services consumed and utilised on a daily basis which were derived from trees.
“This year special emphasis will be placed on increasing awareness about environmental issues and highlighting environmentally friendly products, services and ideas,” Marshall said.
He added that it would also provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about energy saving techniques and garner information that would assist them in adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.
Marshall noted that while admission to this year’s expo would be free, those attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to be donated to the HIV Food Bank.