Restoring wounded Earth plant by plant

Mohideen (front) and Subbarow (squatting behind him) planting saplings as the Sri Lankan visitors observe the activity held at the Relau Agro-tourism Centre to mark International Earth Day. Photo: ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star

A TOTAL of 26 visitors comprising mostly Sri Lankan took part in a tree planting campaign organised by Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) in conjunction with International Earth Day.

The group paid close attention to CAP vice-president Mohideen Abdul Kadir and education officer N.V. Subbarow as they planted four saplings at Wonder Wilder Farm in Relau Agro-tourism Centre.

Mohideen said the tree species — cermai, mambu, jambu batu and jambu mawar — were chosen because each species could bring beneficial effect to the public.

“For example, the mambu, also known as neem tree, is full of medicinal values and useful in pest control at farms,” he said when met at the site on Friday.

He said about 15 billion trees were vanishing each year.

“That is equivalent to 48 football fields being cut for development, urbanisation and road projects every year.

“Stop cutting down trees arbitrarily and start planting more trees. It is the responsibility of all,” he said.

Mohideen also said Relau used to be surrounded by vast greenery, unlike now with the area transformed into a concrete jungle.

He said it was vital to spread awareness about the importance of keeping the place green.

“Keeping green means leaving the forest alone and not practising monoculture for profit that creates serious environmental problems,” he said.

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