Environmentalists and social activists organised ‘Save Coconut Tree Chipko’ protest movement as an attempt to save the 200 odd coconut trees along the 2-km national highway between Guirim and Porvorim. The protest march will be held between 6pm to 7pm on the Gurim –Mapusa highway.The 15-20 years old coconut trees on either side of the road were proposed to be axed for widening of the highway for four-six lane project from Patradevi to Pollem. Politicians like MLA of Fatorda Vija Sardesai, MLA od Curtorim Reginald Laurenco, Former Union Minister of Law Ramakant Khalap, MLA of Porvorim Rohan Gaude were also present. A 'Rasta Roko' andholan was also held to let people know the importance of the trees.
The protest at Goa Velha saw participation from the residents as well as activists and politicians from the opposition.
On a lighter note to create excitement for the Coconut Valentine competition, we introduced the Coconut King and the Coconut Queen. The Kings was Ashton Gonsalves, an intern from St. Xavier's College, Mapusa and the Queen was Dais Morena, our volunteer for the event.
The coconut controversy has hit Goa, and Goans abroad very hard, which has developed a lot of hatred in the heart of a “Niz Goemkar”, and rightly so, but, there’s no greater power than the power of LOVE, that can bring about a revolution, hence, the concept of “Coconut Love, Coconut Valentine”. Goa ForGiving along with the History Heritage Action Group: Goa, urged all lovers of Goa to dedicate Valentine’s Day to the Coconut Tree. This unique concept of making the Coconut tree your valentine excited people not only in Goa, but also in countries like the US, Dubai and others.
Our Founder Chairman Armando Gonsalves and Historian Prajal Sakhardande were interviewed by a Texas Radio Station. The flew down to know more on the Coconut tree issue and got in touch with us thorugh the work that we have done to protect the tree.
Click here to read the article
The residents of Siolim were all out to protest against tge Coconut Tree being called grass. The protest march started from the Siolim market where all vendors, fisherladies came and showed their support. The march led to the site where coconut trees were being ct down for a construction project. Children, youth and the elders expressed their disgust towards the Governement and voiced their opinions. Former sarpanch of Oxel panchayat Vidhyadhar Agarwadekar was also present.
A small protest was also held in St. Cruz along the coconut grove to again protect them from the builder's loby.