INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY
Planting of 100 trees in Macon Meadows last November
ROTARY CLUB CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY
The Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver celebrated International Peace Day on 21stSeptember by the installation of a plaque to mark the planting of 100 trees in Macon Meadows last November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.
The President of the Rotary Club, Simon Yates and the Mayor of Crewe, Cllr. Benn Minshall completed the work, being the culmination of a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver, Crewe Town Council, ANSA and the Woodlands Trust which was inspired by the Verdun Oaks which still exist in Queens Park, are now 100 years old and are giving birth to a new generation of oaks to be planted in the near future.
The Woodlands Trust provided the saplings, ANSA identified the site and organised the planting, Crewe Town Council, organised the plaque to mark these trees and the Rotary Club provided the finances to support the project.
The 21st September was chosen as it is International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") which is observed around the world. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.
The 2019 Theme is "Climate Action for Peace" which draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. Rotary has always supported the victims of natural disasters, indeed only this week the Rotary Club has purchased an Aquabox in response to Hurricane Dorian
President Simon Yates said: “Today we make another contribution by planting these trees not only to remember the Fallen in the Great War but also the international attempts to protect Peace by responding to the UN call to take action regarding the Climate emergency. All of us can be part of the solution - from turning off the lights to taking public transport, to planting trees”.