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Arbor day, South Africa style.

"National Arbor Day promotes the love and knowledge of trees and the environment." Those were the words of Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress, when he addressed an Arbor Day gathering in Alexandra, South Africa. Mandela was the guest of honor at the August ceremony, sponsored by Trees for Africa, a Global ReLeaf International partner.

Trees for Africa is active in South Africa's poor communities, promoting environmental education and sponsoring tree plantings to heal the land. Mandela praised the group's work, saying, "We support organizations like Trees for Africa ... in their work on environmental issues." Mandela also charge those present with the task of improving their environment, urging, "Let us use this national tree-planting day to rededicate ourselves to the cause of environmentalism."
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Title Annotation:National Arbor Day
Author:Falconer, John
Publication:American Forests
Date:Jan 1, 1994
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