Latvians traditionally do big country wide cleanup events in the springtime and participate in the World Cleanup Day by planting trees.
Last year the President of Latvia Egils Levits opened the 1st Park of Trees of Happiness. The President, who is also a patron of Lielā Talka, will be on a flight to the UN on September 18th this year, gave an oak tree to be planted on World Cleanup Day.
“Latvia’s contribution to the global grassroots initiative World Cleanup Day is this absolutely wonderful idea of creating Happiness Tree parks. On the one hand Trees of Happiness are green, and they also embody what our world should be like. We want the world to be green in a sense that we all take part in shaping our common future. Latvia is one of the leading climate advocates in the world,” says Egils Levits, President of Latvia.
Agnija Jansone, the President of Latvia scouts and guides says: “As volunteers we plant Trees of Happiness together with children almost every day for Latvia and this oak tree in Jelgava will be a wonderful and symbolic proof of that.”
The mayor of Jelgava City leads the planting of 12 trees in Jelgava, in the center of Latvia. Six of the trees are strong oak trees that are hoped to be spreading their branches towards the sky in a clean planet. An average oak will live about 200 years if it's growing in a clean environment.
Everyone in Latvia is welcome to plant a tree in parks today. And why do it only in Latvia? One can plant a tree and keep a planet clean around it everywhere.