Rössing Uranium in partnership with Arandis Town Council and Wesbank Transport, a division of FP du Toit planted 60 trees at three schools in Arandis, as part of the annual World Environment Day celebration. In order to assist the schools with maintaining the trees, 10 watering cans were also donated to each school.
Over the past years, Rössing Uranium has taken part in the World Environment Day celebration as an opportunity to promote environmental awareness and showcase environmental work to our communities. Speaking at the occasion, Rössing Uranium’s Environment Specialist Stefaans Gaeseb said, the areas in the schools where the trees are to be planted were identified to assist, reduce and slow the impact of strong wind that may damage properties and cause soil erosion. Planting trees also help with oxygen circulation in the atmosphere.
Gaeseb explained that one of the simplest things to do to help protect the Earth is by planting trees. Trees provide food and oxygen, they help save energy, clean the air and help combat climate change. “This day serves as a reminder to all that our world is fragile, that we need to do better collectively – it is a steady reminder that Earth is all we got, so it is for us to take care of our environment.”
“We cannot stress enough that we cannot turn back time, but we can start now by growing trees, green our cities, re-wild our gardens and clean up rivers and our communities,” he said, adding that “we are the generation that can make a difference. The time is now to set things right. To prevent climate tragedies, stop deforestation; stop pollution and littering, and stop biodiversity loss. We all can protect what is left and repair what has been damaged.”
Also speaking at the occasion, Regional Councillor for Arandis Constituency Benitha Imbamba in her keynote address stressed the importance of preserving the environment, and planting of trees.
“This is indeed a good gesture by the sponsor to donate trees, as they will serve as shade and wind breakers during sunny and windy days,” she said.
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