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EDUCATION STATE MINISTER ENCOURAGES JAMAICANS TO PLANT MORE TREES

Posted by SR (riley) on Oct 19 2016 at 4:42 PM
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Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has joined the call in encouraging persons to plant more trees as 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.

The State Minister was delivering the main address during a national tree planting ceremony at Munro College in St. Elizabeth, on Friday, October 7.The annual exercise, which is 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 surroundings by planting trees.

Activities were carried out under the theme, ‘Trees today, trees tomorrow, trees for life’.The State Minister 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 observed.

“We must engage in the constant planting of trees in order to re-balance our society and our environment.  We must therefore do all that we can to re-establish that balance into the environment,” the State Minister added, while urging the Forestry Department, to expand on the day’s initiatives, by encouraging the planting of trees at regular intervals and not only on special annual events.

Making her contribution to the event, Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Elizabeth, Hon. Beryl Rochester, said tree planting should be an ongoing initiative in schools and across the nation, as this would significantly 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,” she  said.

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