A Onda Verde (The Green Wave in Portuguese) was officially launched in Curitiba, Brazil on 21 September, the Brazilian Tree Day. The city-wide event marked the start of a movement that will extend until the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) on 22 May, 2009.
There were 175 municipal schools and 630 students involved. They planted over 300 seedlings of five different native trees with ceremonies in nine different places spaced over time to characterize a wave. This celebration culminated a series of preparatory activities with students, including mini-conferences on biodiversity. Games and activities were specially prepared by Curitiba’s public schools to celebrate the theme “Biodiversity and Agriculture” - the theme of IBD 2008.
The Brazilian Tree Day received extensive local news coverage, including news articles mentioning the event and The Green Wave campaign of the CBD.