In New Zealand, the Christchurch city council chopped down six trees smack bang in the middle of the city today. What makes it astonishing, is that today is both World Environment Day and Arbor Day!
The council has admitted that this was a “terrible coincidence”. The trees were being removed to make way for a controversial service lane.
Given the theme for his year’s World Environment Day (”Kick the habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy!”), this is even more of a “terrible coincidence”. Forest destruction is one of the worst causes of greenhouse gas.
And, the fact that New Zealand was also observing Arbor Day makes it almost laughable. The whole purpose of Arbor Day is to encourage individuals and groups to plant and care for trees!
And, as if that’s not enough, New Zealand was also the official host of this year’s World Environment Day…
One Christchurch resident said:
As a city that is known as the Garden City, we have that image to uphold. This makes a mockery of `let’s be aware of the environment and let’s walk or cycle to work
I imagine there will be a few red faces in the Christchurch City Council today!