from 53% to 29% as at 2012”
-Forest Department and Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources
We are the Rotary club of Ibbagamuwa started & registered with the District Rotary Organization in 2012 with the leadership of Dr. Jayashantha Wanigasakara. Since inception we have been involved in environment based projects including Tree Planting, Irrigation and Water Supply.
Our membership constitutes members coming from the rural sector who love the environment and its conservation. They come from different disciplines including Scientists, Agriculturists, Engineers, Bankers and Businessmen etc. All of us are coherent and work as a team to achieve our Rotary Projects goals.
Healthy living through a greener environment. We hope not only to see more trees being planted, but also that this process will inspire people to keep looking for more ways to make a difference and make their life more sustainable.
To have a greener environment for future generations by inspiring, engaging and supporting people to take personal responsibility for the environment, making it safe, healthy and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the country.
Sri Lanka’s forest coverage has depleted drastically from 53% to 29% in the last two decades creating many environmental complications as well as hindering the chance for future generations from enjoying the comfort of trees. Rotary Sri Lanka & Maldives together with the lead club RC Ibbagamuwa has embarked on an ambitious project to plant a million trees.
I am delighted to inform you that one million saplings are currently ready for immediate planting within a special geographical area in Kurunegala allocated for this purpose. All trees will be geotagged so that you can see the growth of these trees over the years.
Research finds every human being is emotionally attached to a tree at some point in their lives either during childhood, at school or at their workplace. Hence the theme “One Million Tree Stories” was coined.
Tree Stories will also be promoting Carbon Credits gained by the planting of these trees as well as work towards the long term objective of creating a Bio Diversity Bank to make Sri Lanka a carbon credit trading hotspot amongst India and Indonesia.
As part of stage 1 of this touching new campaign, members of Rotary and wellwishers are requested to share their own tree stories.
I am happy to kick off this first stage by sharing with you my own tree story.
When the Project Committee asked me to share a memory I made with a 'tree', I honestly could not think of one, as personally I have a phobia of snakes and I never wondered around trees.
Then my mind went back to the 26th of December 2004. It was 9.32 am. when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka and I was with my family in the east coast of the country, in Nilavelli. We were hit by the tsunami very badly. After the first wave hit and the waters started receding, the only thing that stopped me from getting dragged into the sea was a "tree" that stood close to the chalet that we were staying in.
The theme that the team has selected for this memorable campaign in Sri Lanka is commendable. Each of us do indeed have a "Tree story" that is very close to our hearts. I hope you can unearth one such story and share it, just as I did. Let me thank the team for bringing this to life by way of this flagship Rotary project.
Let me officially invite each and every one of you to be part of this campaign "1 Million Tree Stories" whilst I also take this opportunity to thank our corporate partners for joining hands with us to help future generations form their own tree stories, and also for their eagerness to take part in phase 2 & 3 of this project, which will deal with the issuance of Carbon Credits and the inception of a Bio Diversity Bank.
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