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It is TIME to grow — live interactive art on College Green for World Environment Day

May 29, 2019

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Environmental and humanitarian charity, TREE AID, is set to takeover College Green on World Environment Day (Wednesday 5 June) to highlight the need to plant more trees to combat climate change.

The Bristol-based charity, that plants 1 tree every 30 seconds (on average), is encouraging the people of Bristol to paint a tree sapling of hope on the art piece, which will spell out the word ‘TIME’ in giant letters. The aim is to cover the whole structure, made out of 100% reclaimed wood from Bristol Wood Recycling Project, with green — to send a powerful message in an iconic Bristol location.

The message will be simple yet symbolic: that now is the time to act to re-green the planet and slow down climate change.

TREE AID’s CEO, John Moffett, explained: “We are running out of time to slow down climate change and halt deforestation. If we don’t act now, the whole planet will suffer. TREE AID works in some of the driest parts of Africa where the desert is spreading, and deforestation and climate change have catastrophic impacts on the environment and people’s lives.

“Women particularly bear the brunt of the effects, as gender inequality means they have limited access to resources and are more likely to depend on the land to feed their families. We must plant trees and re-green before it is too late — now is the time to act.”

Local artist, Jay Roerade, who worked in collaboration with Bristol Design Forge to create the large structure, is calling on Bristolians from all parts of the city to come to College Green to create the environmental art with him. He said:

“Creativity brings people together. Collaborative live art is a simple and effective way of raising awareness and communicating a clear message. I am excited to be involved with this TREE AID project on World Environment Day and to support the global movement on climate change.”

TREE AID was founded in Bristol in 1987 by a visionary group of foresters who understood the power of trees in lifting people out of poverty — and has since planted over 17 million trees and supported more than 1.2 million people. The local charity is increasingly gaining international recognition for its long-term solution to help alleviate poverty and halt deforestation in the poorest and most arid parts of Africa.

Bonnie Wright, the British actress well-known for her role as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, is backing TREE AID. An environmental activist, she commented: “On World Environment Day, I am pleased to help highlight the importance of reforestation and TREE AID’s work in the drylands of Africa - especially for women, who are often worst affected by deforestation and climate change but are also an important part of the solution.”

The art stunt on World Environment Day is part of a UK government-backed appeal to help 1,000 women in Mali reverse the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drylands of Africa. The UK government will match all public donations to the She Grows appeal before 30th June through the UK Aid Match scheme.

To donate and find out more, visit the TREE AID website: www.treeaid.org.uk/shegrows.

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