Ev­ery­one en­cour­aged to plant more trees

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

MON­TEGO BAY (JIS): INISTER OF state in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion, Floyd Green, has joined the call in en­cour­ag­ing per­sons to plant more trees, say­ing it plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in hu­man ex­is­tence.

“Trees give us life. They give us what we need to live, to breathe and to sur­vive. Trees re­move car­bon diox­ide from the en­vi­ron­ment and are crit­i­cal in the process of global warm­ing. By plant­ing trees today, we are se­cur­ing our fu­ture,” he said.

Green made the call while ad­dress­ing a na­tional treeplant­ing cer­e­mony at Munro Col­lege in St El­iz­a­beth last Fri­day.

The ex­er­cise, spear­headed by the Forestry De­part­ment, aims to highlight the role of trees in the sus­te­nance of life, while pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to con­trib­ute to in­creas­ing the is­land’s for­est cover and beau­ti­fy­ing the sur­round­ings.

Ac­tiv­i­ties were car­ried out un­der the theme, ‘Trees Today, Trees To­mor­row, Trees for Life’.

Green also al­luded to the re­moval of trees across the coun­try, which he said is hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It is now be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult to fore­cast rain and the ap­proach­ing hur­ri­canes and storms de­spite the ad­vance­ment in tech­nol­ogy. Our world is chang­ing rapidly be­cause of th­ese de­struc­tive ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.


“We must en­gage in the con­stant plant­ing of trees in or­der to re­bal­ance our so­ci­ety and our en­vi­ron­ment. We must there­fore do all that we can to re-es­tab­lish that bal­ance into the en­vi­ron­ment,” Green added.

He urged the Forestry De­part­ment to ex­pand on the day’s ini­tia­tives by en­cour­ag­ing the plant­ing of trees at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and not only at spe­cial an­nual events.

Cus­tos of St. El­iz­a­beth Beryl Rochester, who also spoke at the event, said tree plant­ing should be an on­go­ing ini­tia­tive in schools and across the na­tion as it would con­trib­ute to a sus­tain­able fu­ture for all.

“This will help to start a move­ment among cit­i­zens to fur­ther deepen their com­mit­ment to­wards the pro­tec­tion of our en­vi­ron­ment by plant­ing more trees, while at the same time pro­tect­ing ex­ist­ing ones. Plant a tree today, as trees are our friends,” Rochester urged.

Tree-plant­ing ex­er­cises were also held at Pen­wood High School, Dupont Pri­mary and In­fant School, Seaward Pri­mary and Ju­nior High School, and Kingston High School in the Cor­po­rate Area.

Other par­tic­i­pat­ing schools were Mount Alver­nia High School in Mon­tego Bay; Happy Grove High, Port­land; and Moneague Pri­mary in St Ann.

Free seedlings are be­ing dis­trib­uted to the pub­lic by the Forestry De­part­ment un­til Oc­to­ber 14.


A sec­tion of a for­est trail in Claren­don.

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