Tree Planting Held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
On June 6, 2009, municipal authorities and members of SGI-Mexico commemorated World Environment Day (June 5) by gathering at the Manuel J. Clouthier Park in San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, and planted an ahuehuete tree (Montezuma Cypress)—native to Mexico and famous for living up to 400 years and growing to heights of 30 to 40 meters.
Donald Patherson, Director of Environment and Ecology of San Miguel de Allende, welcomed participants on behalf of the Mayor, and announced that, including the planting of the ahuehuete tree, the local administration has accomplished the goal of planting 19,000 trees in the city in one year.
Romualdo Hernández, Director of the Municipal Commission of Sports and Youth Care (COMUDAJ, Comisión Municipal del Deporte y Atención a la Juventud), thanked SGI-Mexico on behalf of the city of San Miguel de Allende for choosing the park and for planting such an historic tree, and stated that reforestation efforts are essential for youth development and education.
Nobutaka Wakui, vice general director of SGI-Mexico, thanked the city for holding the planting ceremony, and at the end of the event children who attended the tree-planting tied their wishes to the branches of the tree with the commitment of caring for it. The tree planting was attended by some 40 people.
[Adapted from an article in the June 24, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]