Boy Scouts strengthen tree planting program vs. climate change

February 26, 2011 6:07 am 

MANILA, Feb. 25 – The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) said Friday it further strengthened its tree planting project aimed at planting over a million trees nationwide in a period of one year.

BSP officials said this a continuing effort to help preserve the environment and mitigate global warming.

In an urgent meeting with officials and staff of the BSP National headquarters in Manila, Secretary General J. Rizal C. Pangilinan said BSP will continue planting trees to instill among its over a million young members the importance of caring for the environment.

“We shall race against time to help, in a small way, mitigate global warming,” he said. The world, he said, has recently been witness to anomalous climate changes.

He said the super typhoon in the US, floods in the Middle East, deadly cold and heat waves around the world, mudslides and flash floods which never happened in some highly developed countries before are now wreaking havoc and causing deaths and massive destruction.

Pangilinan appealed to all Scouts and Scout leaders to spearhead tree planting in their areas.

“Now more than ever, we need to see the importance of planting trees to protect ourselves from nature’s wrath,” he said.

“We have planted millions of trees for years. Let us start from zero,” he said, “let us not count the trees we have planted in the past, but the tress we shall plant at the present.”

Pangilinan said BSP shall replicate the number of trees planted over the years and shall double the effort in helping clean and green the country.

He said environment conservation is one of Vice President and concurrent BSP National President Jejomar C. Binay’s trusts. (PNA) DCT/JCA

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