Community comes together to plant trees

Killarney Rosebank Gazette

HOUGHTON – Efforts from a security company, an organisation and learners all came together in the interest of greening a local school.

Vision Tactical not only protects the people of Houghton and surrounding communities, but they also care about the planet.

In the last week of heritage and arbour months, Vision Tactical and their VTac Green Team planted five fruit trees at Houghton Primary School together with Generation Earth. Ten Grade 7 learners helped to plant the trees and were encouraged to continue to green the school, their community and to give back to mother earth every day, not just in Arbour Month.

“Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and provide habitat to over 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. It is so important that we as citizens nourish the soil, plant trees, compost our food waste and recycle our paper, plastic and tins,” said Ella Bella Leite, director of the Miss Earth South AfricaLeadership Programme.

She added that as an organisation they pledge to plant trees and to fight for the United Nations Development Programme Goal 13 Climate Action.

Four of the Miss Earth Johannesburg ambassadors joined the planting and shared their own experiences from their individual clean-ups and tree plantings that they have been doing in their communities for the last month.

In the words of the late Wangari Maathai, ‘it’s those little things that make a difference, so do one little green thing every day’.

Details: Miss Earth South Africa www.missearthsa.co.za

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