On Tuesday, May 4, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston distributed 300 locally grown ornamental and fruit trees to persons in communities across Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, in support of the Government of Jamaica’s National Tree Planting Program. Recipients included members of the Embassy’s local community namely residents of Standpipe, the University of the West Indies Guild of Students, Hope Valley Experimental School, and Mona Primary School.
The Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Robert ‘Bobby’ Adelson led the #300Trees initiative. He said “the Government of Jamaica is a valued partner on climate change action and the U.S. Embassy will continue to pursue our shared objectives, which include protecting the environment.” Other recipients included media personality and host of Farm Chicks, Debbie Bissoon, and Executive Marketing Advisor, Operation Help the People, Carlyle Grant.
The #300Trees initiative was in conjunction with a tree planting exercise at the U.S. Embassy, commemorating Earth Day on April 22. The Embassy’s Chargé d’affaires John McIntyre and Minister of Housing Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change, Pearnel Charles Jr, along with members of their families planted trees on the grounds of the Embassy, symbolizing the U.S. and Jamaica’s collaborative commitment to secure the Earth for future generations.