One School, One Tree, One Gift to Nature

2012 Green Wave celebrations are fast approaching!

It’s time to start planning your Green Wave celebrations! You have a little over a month to think about and prepare your special day. Each year participants in The Green Wave celebrate the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) by holding a special event. On 22 May, participating groups plant an indigenous or locally important tree species at or near their school. In some countries it’s too hot, too cold, too rainy or too dry to plant in May, so groups plant in another month but still hold a special ceremony on 22 May. This year's theme for the IDB is Marine Biodiversity.

Note that to enable as many schools as possible to celebrate, we’re suggesting you could carry out your event on any convenient day leading up to the 22nd. Then upload your photos and stories on The Green Wave web site after your event. Your tree, photos and stories will go live on the map, at 20:20 local time on 22 May, creating a virtual green wave across the world.

There are many resources available to assist you in preparing Green Wave activities.

Possible activities to associate with your event could include: invite a biologist or ecologist to give a talk on the benefits of marine life, or trees, for biodiversity; organize a research committee to identify and compile a list of locally appropriate and indigenous species; organize nature walks, management of natural areas, rehabilitation of others, or catchment protection; create written and/or artistic accounts of the 22 May celebrations; review The Green Wave projects online and learn about others who have participated in The Green Wave.

Click on 'Register your Tree' on The Green Wave home page, and follow the instructions to register your tree and activity today, and click here for instructions and ideas on how to plan your activity.