HAVANA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Cubans on Tuesday planted 26 trees to greet the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to be held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Dozens of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental activists gathered at Havana's National Botanical Garden to plant 26 endemic pine trees to raise the awareness of environmental protection and the dangers that climate change poses to life on earth, according to organizers.
Odalys Goicochea, the representative of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, told Xinhua that COP26 will serve as a platform for taking collective climate action between participating countries and multilateral organizations.
"The outcome of this activity has been very positive as we want to increase tree planting rates over the next few years," said Alejandro Palmarola, president of Cuba's Botanical Society. "The world needs to take more concrete steps to address the climate emergency."
During the pandemic, Cubans have planted thousands of trees across the country as part of a national campaign to create greener public spaces, with a goal of planting 3.8 million trees in 2021, according to the daily Granma.