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SGI-Canada Youth Participate in Annual Tree Planting

SGI-Canada youth transporting equipment and plants via a human chain

On June 7, 2008, SGI-Canada youth members from the Toronto area, together with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC), participated in an annual tree planting in the town of Alton in Ontario, Canada. The 85 trees that were planted around a river bank will eventually grow to provide shade and protect the river and surrounding flora.

One of the more challenging tasks of the day was transporting gardening equipment and plants across the river via a "human chain," which required close coordination and teamwork. The SGI-Canada youth commented that they looked forward to planting more trees in the future to protect the environment.

Since its formation in 1954, CVC has been working for over a half century to protect the natural environment. CVC cooperates with community groups, businesses and schools to conserve, restore, develop and manage natural resources for the Credit River Watershed. SGI-Canada has been an active CVC community partner since 2000, and the organization's young people have helped plant 3,000 trees to date.

[Adapted from an article in the July 8, 2008 issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and the SGI Canada News on the SGI-Canada website; photos courtesy of SGI-Canada]