By V. Sivaji

Teaching the younger generation on the importance of planting trees will go a long way to safeguard the environment and Mother Earth while fighting climate change.

One such project was the tree planting ceremony in conjunction with World Environment Day 2023 at SJK (C) Convent Datuk Keramat earlier today. 

A commendable target of planting 100 million trees in the country is the challenge.

Present was State Exco for Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning, YB Jagdeep Singh Deo.

He was greeted by school principal Ms Ng Leh Cheng accompanied by District Education Department officer, Mohammad Zawawi Bin Ahmad, Khaw Chiew Hong, representing Green Educators’ Workshop (GREW), Ang Kui San, representing Parent-Teachers Association, Amran Bin Othman, headmaster of SMK Permatang Rawa, Ms V. Puvaneswari representing SMK Datuk Haji Mohamed Nor Ahmad among others.

“in line with the  Cleaner, Greener, Safer, and Healthier Penang and Vision  Penang2023 we are happy to encourage the planting of more trees in our schools.

“The younger generation should know the importance of saving the environment and the harms of climate change.

“The Penang state government is committed to implementing green initiatives and we are proud to have achieved an 100% rate for LED street lights in the state. We are also actively installing solar panels in our government building and encourage all schools to install solar panels too,” said Jagdeep.

He also added that the state government has helped build the school’s covered basketball court, library and the extension of class rooms and other facilities.

Jagdeep later joined hands with the officials to plant a tree at the school’s garden area and also greet the teachers and students at the school.