Local Soroptimists are getting behind the worldwide organisation’s Centenary Tree Project. Members of SI Crieff have joined forces with Crieff Community Trust to plant trees in the Strath. SI Crieff’s programme action officer Janice Wilson, explained: “Saving trees was the first action by the newly-formed group of Soroptimists in 1921, and for our centenary year Soroptimists around the world are planting trees for a ‘Brilliant Future’. “The United Nations’ development goal 15 seeks to ‘Protect, Restore and Promote’ sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable managed forests , combat diversification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. “Trees play an incredible role in combating climate chaos by removing plant-wrecking emissions from the air around us. Despite this, just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover – 19% in Scotland – compared to an EU average of 35%.” Janice continued:
2020 will always be know as the year the world changed. Like most organisations SI Crieff members were unable to hold any face-to-face meetings due to the Covid19 pandemic, and instead had to rely on technology to continue with club meetings. It was a steep learning curve for all, and although not perfect most members were able to join club meetings via Zoom. Undaunted, the annual Christmas Party went ahead virtually this year, with a lot of fun and laughter.
Members of SI Crieff invited Strath residents to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace by “spreading compassion, kindness and hope” in the face of the Covid19 pandemic. The day is celebrated across the globe every year on 21 September and Soroptimists has been hoping to use the day to promote peace and raise awareness of climate change. Janice Wilson, programme action officer for SI Crieff explained: “The theme for 2020 is ‘Shaping Peace Together’. Soroptimists worldwide believe that everyone must combat climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. We are not each other’s enemies as we found out this year – our common enemy is the virus that threatens our health, our security and our very way of life. Members of SI Crieff had hoped to hand out roses in Crieff on the International Day of Peace this