Greetings and Thank You. Allow me to begin by greeting all of those assembled here today and to express my appreciation to the city of Harare for partnering with the U.S. Embassy during this Harare Gardens Earth Day clean-up. Specifically
His Worship Mayor Manyenyeni;
Esteemed city officials
Thanks to Miracle Missions for organizing local civic participation and providing water and snacks for everyone.
Thanks also to the Garbage Guys for hauling away all of the refuse that we will gather today.
Finally, thanks to the Embassy Green Team for organizing this event.
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide annually on April 22, to demonstrate global interest in, and support for, the protection of our natural environment.
It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.
Earth Day 2016 is of particular significance as the landmark Paris Agreement will be signed by both the United States and Zimbabwe in addition to some 120 other countries on this day.
The U.S. mission in Zimbabwe has a strong history of supporting local environmental initiatives.
For several years our mission has led a Harare Gardens clean-up, following the conclusion of the Harare International Festival of the Arts, or HIFA.
We feel strongly that these clean-ups are important to the people who use the gardens each day and permit the U.S. to give back, in a small way, to our gracious hosts, the people of Zimbabwe.
The U.S. mission, through its Green Team, will also be collaborating with the Zimbabwe Forestry Commission on a tree planting initiative in December.
Thank you again to His Worship the Acting Mayor and Harare city officials, the Miracle Mission, the Waste Collectors, the U.S. Embassy Green Team and all other volunteers who have come out today to make this clean-up a success.
Mushandirapamwe – (moo shonn / dee rah / palm way) working together!
Chara chimwe hachi twsanyi inda – (chah rah / chim way / ha chee / twa sonn yee / in dah) one person cannot achieve much