International Coastal Cleanup is scheduled on September 19, 2015. But as early as August 7, 2015, our group went out to the coastal area and picked up bags of trash and at the same time planted mangrove trees. This year, the group has decided to revisit the area where we did the mangrove tree planting in 2013 in Barangay, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City.
We were happy to see that the mangrove trees we have planted 2 years ago are already growing, and continually battle the tides to survive. Unfortunately, some were not lucky enough, and were washed out by the waves. So this year, we aim to refill the empty areas, by planting 1000 seedlings of mangrove trees.
Of course, we cannot start planting without listening to the instructions by the barangay officials. They taught us the proper way of planting the seedlings and the need to tie them in the provided bamboo sticks so that it will not be washed out by the tides.
And I am proud to say, I planted 20 mangrove seedlings. I hope Iwas able to tie them well with the bamboo sticks and see them growing healthily when we return next year or the year after. By the way, I also picked a lot of trash too. J
Next month, we are scheduled to conduct or Arbor Day at the mountain areas of the City. I am excited as to what seedlings we are going to plant. You’ll know too next month. I am sure to share the experience of caring our Mother Earth with you.