Wednesday, June 18, 2008
TREE PLANTING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
It is heartening to read in today's STAR (18th June) that SCHOOLS nationwide will embark on a tree planting campaign to instil a sense of responsibilty among our youths, towards the environment.
Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim - Deputy Education Director informed that they aim to reach a target of 20 MILLION TREES by year 2020!! That's a lot of trees. What a challenge!! BUT I am very confident that it can be done. There is no better place to start than in schools to inculcate a love for the environment. Moreover, school children of today will be decision makers of tomorrow... and hopefully, responsible ones too. Go to the The Star site and read in detail on this subject.
2020 may seem a long way off but 12 years may just not be enough to 'heal' the damages already inflicted by worldwide deforestation and wood-related industries. It is good that MALAYSIA is taking this first step towards addressing the effects of global warming. Although blessed with lush greenery, many natural vegetation have to make way for development. There have been quite a few uproar from concerned parties over this issue. Let's hope that planting more trees will help to counter effect the harm done.
If everyone can just plant one tree in one's lifetime.... we can help brake and reverse the negative effects of climatic change. Coupled with the use of renewable energy, adopting a meatless diet, recycling and/or eliminating plastic products etc.... we can and will reduce our carbon footprints. We don't have to wait for governments to draw up policies for what we can and must do as a RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN of the World.
I planted an umbrella tree sapling 3 years ago... and I am proud to say that it has grown strong and tall... giving me a sense of hope that, if we truly care enough, we can SAVE MOTHER EARTH from further destruction.
If anyone out there has a view on this.... you are welcome to add or detract from it.