Rössing Uranium in partnership with Arandis Town Council and Wesbank Transport, a division of FP du Toit planted 60 trees at three schools in Arandis, as part of the annual World Environment Day celebration.
In order to assist the schools with maintaining the trees, 10 watering cans were also donated to each school.
Over the past years, Rössing Uranium has taken part in the World Environment Day celebration (5 June 2022) as an opportunity to promote environmental awareness and showcase environmental work to our communities.
Speaking at the occasion, Rössing Uranium’s Environmental Specialist, Stefaans Gaeseb, said that areas were identified at the schools for trees to be planted so as to reduce impact of strong wind that may damage properties and cause soil erosion. Planting trees also helps with oxygen circulation in the atmosphere.
Gaeseb explained that one of the simplest things to do to help protect the Earth is to plant trees. Trees provide food and oxygen, they help save energy, clean the air and help combat climate change. “This day serves as a reminder to all that our world is fragile, that we need to do better collectively – it is a steadfast reminder that Earth is all we have and for us to protect our environment.”
“We cannot stress enough that time is irreversible, but we can start now by growing trees, greening our cities, re-building our gardens and cleaning up rivers and our communities,” he said, adding that “we are the generation that can make a difference. The time is now to set things right. To prevent climate tragedies, deforestation, pollution and littering, stop biodiversity loss, we all need to do our part in protecting what is left and repair what has been damaged.”
Also speaking at the occasion, Regional Councillor for Arandis Constituency, Benitha Imbamba in her keynote address stressed the importance of preserving the environment, and planting of trees.
“This is indeed a good gesture by the sponsor to donate trees, as they will serve as shade and wind breakers during sunny and windy days,” she said.
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