April 18, 2017

Plant yet more Trees in Shah Alam

Plant yet more Trees in Shah Alam

Planting trees can be a do-it-yourself activity. Photo Credit: Flickr

Conservation isn’t an event. It’s a process. But it can also be a series of events.

Like planting trees in Shah Alam.

In March a young local environmentalist spearheaded a tree-planting event in town. If you missed out on that one, however, despair not: you can now join another tree-planting event organized by Bernard Eng, of Eco Warriors Malaysia, for the Shah Alam Municipal Council this coming Saturday, on April 22.

“Let’s do something for Mother Natures by planting more trees in the city!” Eng invites. “Come and get your hands dirty with soil [in] a mix of hard work, education and fun,” they add. “We will be planting trees to prosperous and create a happier environment in Shah Alam city.”

That certainly is the spirit. Hands-on DIY environmentalism can indeed be fun and educational. To sign up as a volunteer, you can register online. Make sure to bring your gardening gloves and sport shoes. A reusable water tumble will also come in handy.

One large tree, the organizers note, can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people. Plenty more large trees will provide both plenty more oxygen and plenty more much-needed greenery in town. As deforestation proceeds apace across much of Malaysia, such tree-planting events can serve as timely reminders that we will set about regenerating nature and stop denuding forests of their trees once and for all. We must stop cutting down trees and start planting more.

The event can also provide another reminder: young environmentalists can make a world of difference. Take Felix Finkbeiner, a 19-year-old German teen who set out several years ago to help plant a trillion trees around the planet by drawing on the skills and spirit of young people like himself. “We children understand we cannot trust that adults alone will save our future,” Finkbeiner said. “To do that, we have to take our future in our hands.”

Here’s hoping more and more Malaysian youngsters will take that insight to heart.





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