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Let us not forget environment in rush towards progress

By: Dr A. SOORIAN (The Star, 9 Aug 07)

......We sure hope that our massive developments in all directions will not end up as concrete jungles....

IT is most gratifying that our government is bringing development to the north, south and eastern hubs of our country in line with our aspirations for a developed state by 2020.

This positive move will generate growth and jobs for our people.

In light of this, we must not forget our environment, and save our vegetation.

Last week saw the passing of National Tree Day in Australia. More than a quarter of a million Australians planted a million seedlings to commemorate the event.

Tree planting should become our culture. It will help in some ways to control climate change.

TREES take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen during the day. Scientists say that one acre of trees removes 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year and produces 260lb of oxygen annually;

TREES have a cooling effect on the environment by evaporating the water on the leaves.

TREES play a part as stabiliser in the water cycle. They improve water quality by slowing down and filtering rainwater as well as protecting watersheds;

TREES attract certain endangered species of fauna to maintain the much-needed ecological balance in the urban areas;

TREES anchor themselves into the ground, holding the soil and thus preventing soil erosion and landslides; and

TREES bring us closer to Nature and have a calming effect on our nerves. Trees are important to our psyche and soma and give us a sense of belonging to this planet.

We sure hope that our massive developments in all directions will not end up as concrete jungles.


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