by Jocelyn O. Abao
There is an old adage that says, “To be remembered one should write a book or plant a tree.”
The participants of a tree planting activity here on Monday not only planted trees to be remembered but rather to make a big difference in preserving our environment.
A mangrove tree planting event was spearheaded by LGU Mahinog in collaboration with the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group in the foreshore areas of barangay San Roque last April 16, 2012.
The said activity started at 7:00 in the morning and ended in the afternoon. After the event most of the participants felt too tired but felt great with what they have achieved.
The activity gave them a real sense of achievement and satisfaction because they were doing this to attain a more pleasant environment and for our future generations.
I remembered an article about a man from India who planted a forest. He lived in isolation for about 30 years in the forest just planting and taking care of his plants.
The message is clear: if this one man could plant a forest, then there's is no reason we can not just plant one tree?
As the saying goes, to be happy for a year, plant a garden; if you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.
Plant a tree and spend the rest of your life in happiness.
(The contributor is a head teacher III of cluster schools under Mahinog district)