30/06/2014 – Moneragala, Sri Lanka: The Moneragala Branch of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) recently held a tree planting campaign in the district aiming schools and students. The objective of the campaign was to provide not only shade but prevention of soil erosion, economic opportunities, communal and other environmental benefits.
83 saplings including 02 Orange, 15 Pepper, 14 Karthakolomban Mango and 02 Vilad Mango, 20 Pomegranate, 10 Guava, 04 Betel, 06 Iron Wood (Na tree) and 10 Rose Apple were planted during this first phase of the campaign.
The school principals agreed to hold the programme in their schools with the support of Junior Red Cross (JRC) members. Educating leaflets were provided to students on the benefits of planting trees, climate change and other environmental matters that is affecting the region. Students were also given the responsibility of taking care of these newly planted trees and monitoring its growth. This was part of the island-wide campaign on mitigating climate change by the Red Cross.
The schools that took part in this first phase was – Rajakeeya National School, Vipulananda Tamil School, Katugahagalge Vidyalaya, Kotigalhele School & Weliyaya Piriwena.