CLC Dominican Republic Advocacy Team
From CLC Dominican Republic and inspired by the encyclical Laudato Si’, we created the initiative Siembra Tu Frente (Planting our Fronts) as a tool for citizen empowerment to contribute together to improve our planet.
It consists of joining efforts to plant our fronts with predetermined endemic species of trees that help oxygenate, lower the temperature, absorb carbon dioxide, and help biodiversity.
The place chosen to start the tree plan is the central area of the city of Santo Domingo due to its high concentration of buildings that contribute to its desertification.
To implement the initiative, we engaged with authorities in the Santo Domingo City Hall where the tree plan was received well to such an extent that Siemnra Tu Frente is now part of a larger initiative – the Urban Tree Plan of Santo Domingo.
Siembra Tu Frente, within the larger plan, is the citizen initiative for the tertiary residential streets. The authorities, along with other institutions, will manage the avenues and main streets. The plan is in process and there are some pilot planting areas identified.
This story is also available in Spanish.