Malawian school children, supporters of Meghan and Harry plant 115k trees to mark Archie’s first birthday
By Olabisi Adesina
London, May 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Supporters of Prince Harry and Meghan including some school children in Malawi, some African charities and others across the globe are celebrating the first birthday of their son baby Archie‘ who is one today
They have planted over 115,000 trees in honour of baby Archie, an incredible milestone to celebrate “positivity”
A group of fans started the Sussex Great Forest campaign back in November, 2019 originally setting out with a goal of 10,000 trees to be planted by the royal tot’s first birthday on 6 May.
The group reached that figure a month later and since then, they have reached a new milestone of 115, 000 and On 1 April, the Sussex Great Forest announced the amazing news that 101,079 trees have been planted in Harry, Meghan and Archie’s name
Tola Morakinyo, one of the organisers of the project who are mostly women of colour told Alternativeafrica.com that they wanted something positive to trend in the names of Harry and Duchess Meghan rather than the hate, negative and racism news we were fed by the media”were mostly women of color who recognised the racism and dog-whistle in the Duchess Meghan media coverage. .
“Around July 2019, a few of us who had become fed up with the constant negative drivel against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, by the British tabloids and some broadsheets, decided to counter their hate with love and positivity.
“Most of us love nature, particularly trees. By Sept. we were even more motivated by Prince Harry when he collaborated with National Geographic using the hashtag #lookingup which went viral, to draw attention to trees conservation and their importance to combat climate change. We also wanted to plant trees around the world that would have grown by the time Archie is one
“We saw in Archie and his parents, the new kind of world today: multi-ethnic, bi-national, immigrant mother struggling in a hostile country. Most of us can relate and as the world becomes more mixed it’s the experience of many. We believe trees protect the earth for the next generation of which Archie belongs. He’s a symbol of hope and determination”
Two of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biggest passions are the environment and conservation within their work. While they may have stepped back from their royal duties on 31 March, it’s clear that these will be issues that Prince Harry and Meghan will continue to focus on in future