Jamaica | PNP Observes National Tree Planting Day

Jamaica | PNP Observes National Tree Planting Day

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 1, 2021 -  In marking National Tree Planting Day 2021, the Shadow Minister of Land, Environment and Climate Change, Senator Sophia Frazer Binns, is calling all Jamaicans to play their part in planting at least one tree as a commitment to preserving and restoring our environment. MP Lothan Cousins, Shadow Minister of Water and Agriculture agrees that, “Tree-planting initiatives are important for food and water security, for the conservation of biological resources and helps us to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Both Shadow Ministers took part in a tree planting ceremony, at the Foga Road High School in South  Western Clarendon, in commemoration of National Tree Planting Day.

PNP President Mark Golding participating in National Tree Planting day.PNP President Mark Golding participating in National Tree Planting day.PNP President Mark Golding, MP, planted Blue Mahoe, Seaside Mahoe, Pride of Barbados, Frangipani and Pomegranate trees to mark the National Tree Planting Day. He said, “As citizens of this earth we must take climate change seriously and do what we can by replanting at least three trees for each tree that we remove.

Mr Golding was joined by the Junior Shadow Minister of Land, Environment and Climate Change Lenroy James, who encouraged Jamaicans to get involved. He said, “Many small steps will add up to the large gains if each Jamaican plants at least one tree per month for the next twelve months. At the end of this period, Jamaica would have planted 34 million trees.”

Senator Sophia Frazer Binns planting a Tree on Nation al Tree Planting DaySenator Sophia Frazer Binns planting a Tree on Nation al Tree Planting DaySenator Frazer Binns noted the critical importance of reforestation to small island developing states such as Jamaica, that are vulnerable to hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Citing Tropical Storm Grace as an example, she said, “while Jamaica is not a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, we continue to experience the devastating effects of climate change and environmental degradation.”

“Jamaica must live up to its moniker as the ‘land of wood and water’.  Over the years, through our own actions, we have destroyed our forest cover. This has led to lasting effects such as land slippage, destruction of our flora and fauna, homes, infrastructure and in some instances, lives.

Shadow Minister of Water and Agriculture Lothian Cousins, agrees that “Tree-planting initiatives are important for food and water security, for the conservation of biological resources and helps us to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.”Shadow Minister of Water and Agriculture Lothian Cousins, agrees that “Tree-planting initiatives are important for food and water security, for the conservation of biological resources and helps us to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.”We must seize the moment and act with alacrity for Jamaica and our planet. Jamaica has the potential to capitalise on its over 300 native tree species, and become a major carbon sink in the region,” stated Senator Binns.

The Opposition Senator wants to encourage a national commitment to the tree-planting initiative in order to meet our goal of planting three million trees in three years. “Trees are, in fact, one of the most cost-effective strategies for a country to offset the effects of climate change” Senator Frazer Binns concluded.

The People’s National Party is reminding everyone that trees are the lungs of humanity and is recommitting to doing our part in  planting more trees.

Remember, the best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago the second best time is now.

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