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EARTH DAY 2012 REFORESTATION

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Click to see photos from participating Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Senior High | Middle | Elementary Schools. – Miami-Dade County Public Schools is, for the third year, partnering with artist Xavier Cortada in presenting Native Flags.  A native tree and… Continue reading

Participate in “Native Flags” by following these steps:

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1. Purchase a native tree. 2. Buy (click here) or create a project flag (take green cloth and paint a leaf on it, tie it to a stick).3. Plant the tree and the… Continue reading

Native Flags: North Pole

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As the Arctic sea ice melts, nations clamor to raise their flags over newly open waters to claim the natural resources that lie beneath them – oil, manganese, diamonds, fish – and to… Continue reading

  • Xavier Cortada, artist-in-residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Office of Engaged Creativity, created this urban reforestation eco-art project to help restore native habitats for plants and animals in urban areas. Participants are asked to plant a native tree alongside the green project flag in their front yard and state: "I hereby reclaim this land for nature." The project's conspicuous green flags serve as a catalyst for conversations with neighbors, who will be encouraged to join the effort and help rebuild their native tree canopy one yard at a time. Ideally, as they watch each tree grow, their interest in the environment will also grow. (www.nativeflags.org)

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