Sao Paulo, Brazil. On International Environment Day the Basque club led by Oscar Goitia fulfilled a wish of planting a Tree of Gernika on Brazilian soil, more specifically, at the Sanctuary of the Forest Institute, in the northern area of the capital city. As explained by Goitia, the sapling has a certificate of origin and was awarded to the Basque club by the Gernika authorities at the last Congress of Basque World Collectivities in 2015. “Over these years, the oak was adapting at the Serra da Cantareira, under the care of expert agronomists. In order to carry out this act, we have mobilized numerous institutions including the State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment. It has been a very important activity for the club,” Goitia said.
During the event, that included the participation of the Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment, Marcos Penido, the Director General of the Forest Institute, Luis Alberto Bucci, and the Botanical Institute director, Luiz Mauro Barbosa, club members and friends stressed the importance of the Tree of Gernika as “a symbol of resistance of a people,” while stressing the importance of raising awareness of environmental conservation.
In regards to the latter, the Basque club in São Paulo also announced that on September 21st, as part of the events that are part of Tree Day, the club is also preparing a special event.