Nelson Mandela inspired millions of people all over the world in his lifetime to do good and he keeps on inspiring even after passing away.
To commemorate him, Environment Online launched a campaign where everyone can dedicate one hour of their time to service of the community or to those who require assistance, or plant a tree in honor of the work Mandela did during his life. From South-Africa to Philippines, from Romania to Brazil, seedlings have been planted, elderly people delighted with Christmas buns, and people in rehabilitation kept company in memory of the man who made tremendous efforts to bring peace to the world. Find the story of campaign here.
Let us children plant hope in our life
Ninety students from nine schools participating in the LEAF (Learning About Forests) programme today planted 200 indigenous dwarf fan palm trees at Xrobb l-Għaġin Park and Sustainable Development Centre. Some of the trees were grown from seeds by the students themselves. Other trees were jointly sponsored by local councils and a local bank. The event was organized in collaboration with PARKs and the Plant Health directorates within the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change. Hon. Leo Brincat - Minister for Sustainable Development, the Enviroment and Climate Change was also present for the event.
In his welcoming speech Nature Trust Malta Executive President Mr Vincent Attard, thanked the workers and officers within the respective departments for supporting schools in the LEAF programme. He said that when the programme was introduced 3 years ago most were understandably sceptic about the success of the programme since our native forests have been receding ever since the arrival of the first inhabitants and according to the latest State of the Environment Report forest land cover stands at 1%. Nevertheless, thanks to the interest shown by various educators and the students’ enthusiasm, the programme is now picking up fast and last year four schools were awarded the prestigious international LEAF Award.
Mr Johann Gatt, LEAF National coordinator elaborated on four key aspects that the programme tries to address based on the realities of the local scenario:preserving the last remaining pockets of native forest, instilling love for trees, making responsible choices, and planting more trees. Mr Gatt said that each year LEAF Malta receives a number of requests from international lobby groups to join in tree planting events in a bid to enhance biodiversity, prevent soil erosion, offset carbon emissions, restore native forests and other similar noble causes. ENO Tree Planting Day for Peace is one such campaign and with today’s event Malta will be joining 150 countries around the world to send a strong message in favour of cultural diversity and tolerance’ Mr Gatt said.
The students’ speech was however the main highlight of the event. The students outlined the main benefits of trees and through a series of pertinent pledges urged the general public to do their part, pull up their socks and start to lead by example.
Proposed Signs for ENO Peace Circle 20 September
10 trees represents ENO and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates 2004-2012.
1. ENO Programme, 10th tree planting for peace 2004-2013
2: Wangari Maathai, 2004
3. International Atomic Energy Agency/Mohamed ElBaradei, 2005
4. Muhammad Yunus; Grameen Bank, 2006
5. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Al Gore, 2007
6. Martti Ahtisaari, 2008
7. Barack Obama.2009
8. Liu Xiaobo. 2010
9. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Leymah Gbowee;Tawakel Karman, 2011
10. European Union, 2012
ENO will celebrate its 10th time to plant trees for peace 20 September 2013. As this event is more symbolic, many schools have planted a trees or a couple of them. Next time we suggest that 10 trees would be planted as a circle, to symbolise 10th peace trees since 2004.
In addition, with every 10 trees there will be signs with them, each of them explaining why we need peace locally and globally. This round shape also reminds us of peace symbol, originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement.
As 10 trees require some space, it is ok to plant 1-3 trees as well. We are waiting to see and hear about your planting!
Charles K. A. Aboagye had the project of plant 1 000 trees! This took place at Al-Kasmia Islamic Basic School to commemorate the ENO Day in 2012 September. Congratulations! See photo below and some more of them from their activities! Mr. Charles K.A.Aboagye (left), Alimatu Iddrisu, a Junior High School Student
and Alhaji Nuhu ( Heard Master of the School) planting trees as other Student wait for their turn.
Saint Paul's Methodist School and Pentecost Basic School in last year may 2012
2011 September. Mr. Adu Boampong ( middle), Greater Accra Regional Director, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Obonu FM, Charles K.A.Aboagye, the CEO of The Perfect Example Environmental Foundation and Nana Ama Aboagye, a student of the Pentecost Basic School, Tema planting a tree at the premises of the Obonu FM in Tema. Those looking on are the staff of the Corporation and Students of the School.
We have set up a native corner in the school premises and already have put in the open ground there more than 50 plants. The plants were received by the Ministry of Forestry Services. I am the teacher in charge of the Botanical Club and we have as members very dedicated girls who are doing a really good work. I would like to share a few pictures during a tree planting day at our school.
Rechad Golamaully, Chemistry teacher
Do you know a student who has really made a difference for the environment?
We have launched ENO Youth Heroes (age 8- 19 yrs). The winner will be chosen by an international jury.The overall winner will get flight tickets to Act Now Conference in Finland,27-31 May 2013! In addition, there will be a public voting for special awards, starting from April 2013.
Following aspects are evaluated in the applications:
- how long student has been involved in the ENO Programme
- how student has contributed to protect the environment and promoted sustainable development locally
- Effectiveness and success of environmental action
- an interest to promote his/her action wide nationally
1) Nominate a candidate, submit this form.
2) Candidates are asked to send a video clipse of candidate via email later
31 Jan 2013 Deadline for ENO Youth Heroes applications
28 Feb 2013 Deadline for video clipses from candidates
28 March 2013 State (big countries) or national winners announced
15 April 2013 Continental ENO Youth Heroes announced / Videos available on web for public voting.
8 May 2013 (ENO Tree Planting Day) Global ENO Youth Heroes announced
NOTE: Self nominations are not accepted.
Every action towards sustainability is needed, starting from the grassroot initiatives. This book is about one of them, called Environment Online. A seed was planted by a classroom teacher at a rural school of Eno in Eastern Finland. In 12 years this virtual school and network has extended its branches to nearly 10 000 schools in 151 countries.
The book contains pedagogical and scientific articles related to sustainable lifestyle and the ENO process, written by eminent Finnish scholars in the fields of education, ethics, and forestry. It also presents concrete examples of the activities and effect of ENO in South East Asia and Brazil, and ends with environmental stories by ENO students from different parts of the world.Planting Seeds of Action
is available online and will be later officially published 20 June in Rio.To read the book, CLICK HERE!
ENO Green Cities Network
- new cities announced today, now 10 cities
22 May 2012
ENO Green Cities Network is a supporting network for the ENO Programme. It differs from other green city neworks as it's based on educational co-operation between schools and cities and sharing concrete practises for the environment between member cities.
Thousands of schools around the world plant trees today, ENO Tree Planting Day. As tree planting is the most popular activity in the ENO Programme, the approach in ENO Green Cities is simple and easy to adapt. In minimum, accepted cities have to offer areas, seedlings and assistance for tree planting activities of schools every year, at least once in a year. Cities take care that these areas will be safe and remain unconstructed. Cities will get a membership in the ENO Green City Network and become official cities for ENO 100 Million Trees 2017 Campaign. The first three ENO Green Cities (Ljubljana, Cape Town and Taichung) were announced in March 2012.
Today , seven new cities were accepted: São Paulo
(Brasil) , Espoo
(Tanzania), OKI regency
(Argentina) and Iligan City
(The Philippines). São Paulo
became the first leading ENO Green City in Latin America.