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Saturday 12 July 2014

Environment activist 'marries' tree

A man has 'married' a tree to raise awareness of environmental issues

An environmental activist has "married" a tree in Buenos Aires in an effort to draw attention to global environmental concerns.

Dressed in a crisp white suit and blue hat, Richard Torres carried a bouquet as the wedding party approached his intended in one of the city's main parks on Sunday evening.

The Peruvian actor and activist laid symbolic offerings at the base of the tree before confirming his wedding vows and receiving a ring.

He even gave the tree a kiss, much to the delight of onlookers gathered in the Rose Garden to watch the festivities.

"We want to use this in our own way to send out a little message with this wedding so that we all become more conscious that our dear Mother Nature must be saved," Mr Torres said after the ceremony.

The 33-year-old actor, who has a long history in theatre and television in his native Peru, added that this is just the start of his championing of the environment.

His bridesmaid - Argentine actress Julia Amore - said that the idea was to be "colourful" to attract attention and send an important message.

While this is Torres' first ecological event outside of his native Peru, the actor plans to bring his unique form of activism to various countries throughout Latin America.

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