BAIE VERTE, NL — Members of Girl Guides of Canada and their guiders celebrated the International Day of the Girl last week by helping to make a positive change to the world and the community they live in.
Oct. 11 is recognized as the International Day of the Girl — a key part of which is promoting girls’ empowerment.
Forty members of the guiding movement in Baie Verte did their part to address climate change through tree planting. The 1st Baie Verte Sparks, Brownies, Guides, and Pathfinders units applied for and received a TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Tree Planting Grant valued at $1,500.
The goal of their “Play Among the Trees” project was to create awareness of the critical importance of trees to the environment by planting the seed with members and encouraging them to be good stewards of our natural world. The grant allowed the girls to do that by planting various trees and shrubs in the newly developed Centennial Park playground, located in the heart of Baie Verte.
The girls planted 25 trees and shrubs at the playground, helping highlight that nature can be as much of a place to play as a man-made playground. It also helps clean the air and creates homes and habitat for birds.
The grant provided a hands-on way for the girls to become aware of environmental issues, while enabling them to transform a green space in the town.