More than 1 million trees planted as part of green initiative

Posted on September 20, 2011. Filed under: Forestry/Wetlands |

-NST-

MORE than a million trees have been planted in Johor during the past 10 years in the state government’s bid to carry out green initiatives and contribute to the overall quality of life.

Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said this statistic on tree-planting did not include forest trees which were planted in urban areas under the jurisdiction of local authorities since 2001.

“Besides replanting campaigns, the state government stipulates that each housing development project allocates at least 10 per cent of its land mass for planting trees.
“We are very serious in creating a green environment to improve the quality of life of people in the state, as it would indirectly address the problem of green house emission.

“I believe that community involvement, particularly those that involve school-going pupils, are among the methods to save the world’s climate,” said Ghani during the launch of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia-UEM Land Green School project at Kota Iskandar recently.

Also present were UEM Land Holdings Bhd managing director, Datuk Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim; UKM vice-chancellor, Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin.
The programme involved 400 pupils from 13 schools in Iskandar Malaysia, and green-oriented activities such as green pledge, solar energy, eco-craft demonstration and compost-making.

Among the schools that participated were SK Sultan Abu Bakar, SK Nusantara, SK Kampung Pulai, SK Nusa Perintis 1, SK Ladang Pendas and SK Tanjung Kupang.

Ghani lauded the move by UKM and UEM Land Holdings to launch the programme in Iskandar Malaysia.
“It is best to teach school pupils as they could be molded to practise methods to reduce greenhouse gasses. The programme is able to teach pupils to become responsible citizens and adopt an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.”

Ghani said the pupils’ exposure to environmental matter would encourage awareness at all levels of society.

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