13,000 trees in Slovenia as the Triglav Glacier travels to Beijing
The Toli project, the journey of a piece of the Triglav Glacier to the venue of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, has been upgraded, with a green aspect added today in Slovenia. A tree will be planted for every kilometre travelled, and there will be a total of at least 13,000, the Olympic Committee of Slovenia (OKS) announced.
The OKS launched the Toli project on 17 December, when a piece of the Triglav Glacier, which was taken as part of regular sampling and which will be shown at an exhibition in Beijing as a warning of the impact of climate change, began its journey to China. Now the tree aspect, i.e. afforestation of affected areas in Slovenia has been added to the campaign. The OKS said that, in cooperation with the brewery Pivovarna Laško Union as the partner in the project, one tree will be planted for each kilometre travelled by the ice sample.
The planted young trees will cover a total area of five hectares. According to the calculations of the Energy Efficiency Centre of the Jožef Stefan Institute, the trees will need approximately seven months to capture the total amount of CO2 generated during the organisation and implementation of the project.
The OKS added that the piece of the glacier, which was named Toli before the start of the campaign, has so far travelled 5,720 kilometres of the planned route. The European portion of the journey has already ended, and in Russia it has visited Saint Petersburg and Moscow. In addition to raising awareness about the disappearance of glaciers, the team in the hybrid vehicle led by Ciril Komotar will document examples along the way of good practices in the transition to a low-carbon society and learn about simple approaches to a more sustainable life for individuals.
The team may also face logistical difficulties on the way to Beijing due to possible regime changes at border crossings and low temperatures. The OKS has nevertheless noted that additional trees will be planted for every additional kilometre over the originally planned 13,000.