Corpus Christi planting success
They didn't send out the security detail for us this time.
On World Environment Day, they went in and destroyed the trees we'd planted a week before. A further indication of how petty and destructive these people who are introducing these death industries can be. If they can't do a simple thing like honour a buffer zone, how then can we trust them to properly dispose of spent pot liners? How can we be sure that the workers in those plants will have proper gear, will have access to proper health care when they inevitably fall ill?
But I digress. We set off early yesterday morning on the now familiar road. Through the Caroni plains covered in a light early morning mist. Past still sleeping villages and under the glare of the incessant Atlantic LNG flare.
Union Village Council President Elijah Gour chose a new spot for us to plant, this time right on the boundary of the estate, down inside where we could see the workers getting on with goodness knows what, given that Alutrint HAS NOT been given a Certificate of Environmental Clearance by the EMA.
In the past couple of weeks since the rains have come, several parts of the cleared 1000 acres have become impassable lakes. It seems that Mother Nature is reclaiming her territory.
We planted samaan trees and coconut trees and cane. Huge canonball trees, yellow and pink pouis. Trees to grow big and strong. To protect the hill from further erosion. To try and replace the lungs that were so unceremoniously ripped out.
To say to the powers that be that we are not giving up this fight.
It was a beautiful morning for planting. Not just trees. We will reap a bountiful harvest from these seeds of defiance.