Daniel Kassim Sesay – Canadian College Of Modern Technology, Mile 91.
25th June, 2018.
Canadian College of Modern Technology (CCMT) this year completed another Tree Planting exercise on its 500 acres of property.
Tree Planting is one of the most important college’s extra-curricular activities done every year by staff and students of CCMT.
CCCMT believe that a big change starts with baby steps. This year, 1,000 trees were planted. It is expected that 10, 0000 trees will be planted in the next 10 years.
By definition, this implies that CCMT has not only contributed towards converting our hostile barren terrine to a greener and healthy living environment but will also met all its lumber needs for its future construction projects in the next 10 years.
CCMT want to actively take part in the reforestation in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone – that needs more trees now more than ever.
Sustainable Development Goal 15 aims to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”. A Plantation Company in a village called Royanka, known as Miro Forestry S/L Ltd., usually provides the college with the trees needed for this great activity to annually take place.
The Social and Human Resource manager at Miro Forestry S/L Ltd., MR. Aruna Bangura, Served as this year’s Guest Speaker for this year Tree Planting Day. In his key note address, he highlighted some of the essence of tree planting and applauded CCMT staffs and students for their contribution in combating climate change.
In his statement, he said, “It’s never a surprise to some of us to see Canadian College of Modern Technology introducing extra-curriculum activities that address global issues such as climate change. The idea of CCMT is in line with the global objective of the United Nations. And the idea for planting: Billion Tree Campaign was inspired by Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize Laureate for 2004 and founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 30 million trees in 12 African countries since 1977 (UN Climate Summit, 2014)”.
Planting Trees is one of the easiest and most sustainable ways to positively affect the environment.
Forests have significant role in reducing the risk of natural disasters, including floods, droughts, landslides and other extreme events. Hence, CCMT has thought it wise to include Tree Planting in its extra-curricular activities.