The University of Belize UB Environmental Club held a Tree Planting ceremony on Friday at the UB campus in Belmopan. This was in commemoration of the International Day of Forests to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Love News interviewed the club members via zoom and according to the Coordinator of the UB Environmental Club, Oneida Contreras, this effort is aimed at safeguarding the wellbeing of Belize’s ecosystems.
Twenty –two Mahogany trees were planted during the activity that was held under the theme Rows of Restoration. The advisor of the UB Environmental Club, Dr. Pio Saqui, explained that when forests are removed, the ecosystems are altered. He further highlighted that when mangroves are removed, it takes away the country’s protection from hurricanes and other natural disasters that we are vulnerable to.
According to the United Nations, for millions of people across the world, wood helps provide safe drinking water, food and shelter, but wood can do much more and is a renewable resource when forests are managed sustainably. International Day of Forests is observed annually every twenty-first day of March.