A greening idea following Arthur

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Editor: Hurricane Arthur left a lot for us to pick up since last week: the fallen trees, the spread wastes, and the power lines, to name a few. While we cannot avoid future hurricanes, we should try to get better prepared for them.

 One idea for better preparation is to improve our ways of tree planting under the power lines. For example, we could plant trees, shrubs and others that will not reach the power lines even at their maturity. In the meantime, we should avoid planting potentially tall and big trees within a certain distance of the power lines whenever possible.

 I know this is probably hard for some, but I think it is a relatively small sacrifice as compared to the consequence of loss of power. Just think about even the regular hardships if without power in our daily lives, let alone the worse scenarios like the damages to life and property in accidental loss of power.

 The purpose of tree planting is for beautification of our environment. However, beside the cost for maintaining the trees, our current practice does not serve our purpose well in chopping the trees into funny or ugly shapes to avoid the power lines. Moreover, it does not always work anyway as the beauty of trees tends to fight with the beast of power lines in a hurricane.

Leigh Gao,


Geographic location: Charlottetown

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