Have you seen the movie adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s book, The Lorax? The story talks about living in a walled city full of plastic – not a single real tree in sight. Despite looking like the perfect community, Thneedville is simply a synthetic version of the world we used to have. Even the outdoors is a depressing and barren wasteland that is devoid of life. Now, the question is, do we want our world to become like that in the future? It may be a possibility considering how polluted the world is now and how much abuse Mother Earth is enduring day in and day out.
Well, it is not too late yet. There is still something all of us can do to protect the planet and preserve whatever there is in the world right now. And whether we like to admit it or not, it has something to do with trees. Trees breathe life to the planet. Can we ever survive without oxygen? The answer is a BIG NO. It’s why conservationists and environmentalists are working double time to educate the rest of mankind about the error of our ways.
Pakistan’s northwestern province, Khyber Pakhtunkhaw (KPK), has planted an unprecedented 1 billion trees in just more than two years and surpassed an international commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land.
The massive effort aims to turn the tide on land degradation and loss in the mountainous, formerly forested KPK, which lies in the Hindu Kush mountain range.
Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party governing the province, launched the reforestation campaign, dubbed “Billion Tree Tsunami,” in 2015.
If Pakistan can do it, there is no reason that the rest of the world can’t also do it. After all, more hands are better than one. You may even contribute in your own little way and not always at a scale similar to what the Pakistanis has accomplished. Or if you don’t have a green thumb or don’t have space where you can plant a tree of your own, avoid doing things that are detrimental to the environment and try to conserve energy as much as you can. You’d be surprised at how much difference all these things have when done by many.
THE CRITICALLY endangered tree species Shorea lumutensis only found in Perak must be conserved, and promoted as an eco-tourism product to prevent IT from going extinct.
Eco-tourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) co-founder and CEO Andrew Sebastian said the species, locally known as balau putih, can only be found at the high conservation value forests (HCVF) of the Sungai Pinang Virgin Jungle Reserve on Pangkor Island, Segari-Melintang Forest Reserve, and at the Teluk Rubiah Forest Reserve in Lumut.
Sebastian said Ecomy hopes to find ways to develop and package these areas into a proper eco-tourism product following a seven-day expedition to the island that ended yesterday.
Andrew, who was also the expedition’s coordinator, said due to its limited range and distribution, the rare tree categorised as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), must be protected.
And similar to some animals becoming extinct, tree species can get extinct too. Let us do the future generations a favor and preserve the planet as it is now so they also get a chance to see and live with everything that we now enjoy and not just see them in books because they have long gone extinct. Trees serve lots of purposes.
First of all, trees give off oxygen that is vital to our survival as a species and virtually everything else we need to live – shelter, food, tools, medicine, and so much more. It gives us shade from the harsh heat of the sun and protects us from the cold and the rest of the elements. A planet without trees isn’t home anymore. Let us all unite in saving them from our very own and continue to perpetuate this planet for centuries to come.
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