One million trees to be planted in Barbados

The Barbados government is seeking to plant “more than a million’ trees as part of a national initiative to build sustainability, resilience and food security against the current and pending effects of climate change.

Trevor Prescod, Environment and National Beautification Minister, planting a tree on Sunday. (Photo: cbc.bb) 

Environment and National Beautification Minister, Trevor Prescod, speaking at the launch of the ‘We Plantin’ More Than A Million National Tree Planting Project, at St Lucy on Sunday, said that he is “overwhelmed and full of enthusiasm” regarding the ambitious project.

Prescod said that he believes it will not only meet its target of one million trees being planted but will “overshoot” the projected target.

“We’re asking individuals to plant a tree.”

— Prescod

He told the ceremony that the project should not be regarded as a partisan exercise, urging the country to support the national effort and join in achieving one of its plans to build sustainability, resilience and food security against the current and pending effects of climate change.

“While we continue to plant every day in our lives from here on to the end of the year, apart from what is organised at the central level of the Ministry of the Environment, we’re asking individuals to plant a tree,” he said, noting that while small island developing states (SIDS) contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions, they are the “most vulnerable” to the effects of climate change, rising sea levels and an increase in hurricanes and superstorms.