On April 17, 2018, 90 youth gathered in the Ambassador’s residence garden in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to show support for taking care of and protecting our planet. On Arbor Day, individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. It is celebrated every year on the last Friday of April.
The students were from Linderud, Nordseter and Askim schools. They were divided into teams and took part in a nature path with questions and puzzles, such as clean the beach relay game, pin the bee on the flower, create tree art, measuring trees.
After finishing the nature trail, Ambassador Braithwaite talked to the students about the history of Earth Day and Arbor Day and the importance of trees and protecting our planet.
The program culminated with the planting of a flowering tree called Carolina Silverbell (Halesia Carolina). The tree is a contribution to the “Oslo Bee Super Highway.” The Bee Super Highway is part of the Norwegian government’s effort to establish green corridors, or safe havens, for bees and other pollinating insects.
After the event, the students spoke with enthusiasm about the nature trail and meeting the Ambassador. Several of them said they had learned a lot.