Get ‘green’ this September

2015-09-10 06:00

SCHOOLS that didn’t do anything for Arbor Day on 1 September, still have the rest of the month to plant an indigenous tree and make a difference.

Parents can also play their part and encourage children to get their fingers dirty while contributing to Earth’s sustainability.

Morgan Naidoo, Umbango River Conservancy chairman, said maintaining the well-being of the environment is the task of every human and it’s easy and inexpensive to do.

Visits to the beach, walks and hikes along trails in Oribi Gorge, Lake Eland, Mpenjati and the Hope Park are right on our doorstep he said.

“The month of September, especially the first week, has been dedicated to Arbor Week, where serious attention is drawn to plight of the world’s forests and how we can help green the planet.

“Much of this education begins with schools, but with the current demands on pupils and the vast curriculum coverage that needs to be addressed by teachers, the focus tends to shift from essential knowledge to secular knowledge,” said Naidoo.

He said that children need to be involved in programmes that ensure their knowledge of the environment will help to enhance, and not contribute negatively, to the environment.

“Schools are encouraged to rekindle this interest and parents are encouraged to engage their children in activities that relate to the environment,” he said.

“Become members of conservancies. Parents need to make time to get their children out of their home,” said Naidoo

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