Extending a global Olive Wreath – Clippings – tree-planting project to trace the 2004 Olympic torch route by the Athens Environmental Foundation – Brief Article
An ambitious 18-month tree-planting project will promote environmental well-being while it traces the 2004 Olympic torch route. Launched on Earth Day by the Athens Environmental Foundation (AEF), the plantings will take place in past host cities for the Olympic Summer Games, as well as in Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Lausanne, and Nicosia.
Olive trees will be planted where possible, and AEF said in a release that the “global olive wreath” the effort will create is meant to reflect a commitment worldwide to environmental responsibility, peace, and prosperity. AEF also said it plans to extend “branches” of the wreath to some of the world’s most troubled cities, including Jerusalem, Belfast, Ramallali, and Bagdad.
The tree-planting began April 19 with a ceremony in Athens that planted the first tree in the global olive wreath. The project is to continue until the Olympic games begin, encompassing some 1,400 schools, university campuses, and other locations in more than 110 counties, including 75 places in the United States.
“Trees are the lungs of the planet and the olive wreath has always been revered as a symbol of peace, sustenance and life, and the highest honor bestowed to an Olympic champion,” AEF executive director Tony Diamantidis said in the release.
“The Global Olive Wreath project allows the world to unite, on this momentous occasion of the homecoming of the Olympic games, under the ancient Greek Olympic ideals of sport, culture, enviornment, and peace.”
AEF was formed to organize and support global environmental awareness, education, responsibility, and sustainability associated with the 2004 Olympiad in Athens and with future Olympic games.
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