Yesterday, Bulevardul Cetăţii in Târgu Mureș looked like this. Green, peaceful, refreshing, romantic. A place to sit, wander, relax, read, talk and smoke. A place where memories from childhood come alive and where new memories are formed.
This morning, chainsaws roared. The first step was taken in destroying this idyllic place. The first step in the destruction of a boulevard that is not only unique in Romania, but in all of Europe. The first step in destroying the heart and the soul of Târgu Mureș. The first step in making it a town like any other, just with more ammonia in the air.
I am so angry about people who think that another spot to park a car is more important than a tree. Where are you going to take your children to eat ice cream? Where do you think your son should take his girlfriend for a walk? Where are you going to teach your daughter to ride a bicycle? In a car park? If you think that cars are more important than trees, move to Bucharest!
I am also angry about the municipality which has been providing conflicting information about its plans for Bulevardul Cetăţii. You are just running this town because you have been elected for a few years. Don’t make rash decisions which will deny the beauty of this boulevard to all future generations, way beyond the term that you were elected for. When a city representative says that no trees will be cut down, and we discover that this was not true, then we feel deceived and lied to. Lied to by the people who have been elected by us, are supposed to work for us and are paid by us.
I am also angry about the many people in Târgu Mureș who want to protect Bulevardul Cetăţii but don’t get their ass off the couch. You can’t protect trees by sitting at home and posting something on the internet! We need to get out and show how much we care. We need to show that trees are more important to us than yet more concrete and cars. We need to show that we have an idea what kind of Târgu Mureș we want to live in.
I am angry about the people who say “there is nothing we can do,” without even trying. There are many things we can do! Even if the municipality tries to keep their plans secret (which is a strange thing to do in a democracy), I am sure that enough people are involved for one of them to give an anonymous tip of the next tree-cutting. Or the people who live there or pass by will notice. And then everyone who cares should be notified immediately, and we all swarm to Bulevardul Cetăţii and hug the trees – or even chain ourselves to the trees – to protect them from chainsaws and axes. We only need a few hundred people for this. In a city of 135,000, that shouldn’t be a problem.
The trees cannot defend themselves. They need our help!