Earth Day 2013
"Plant a Tree and Save tomorrow"

April 22, 2013, San Rafael II, Noveleta, Cavite - As a firm believer on the saying that “Conservation of natural resources is the key to the future,” and Tree Planting is one act of saving our mother earth, The Rotary Club of Rosario and Rotary Club of Cavite East conducted a joint project with the  partnership and helping hands of Rotary Clubs of District 3810 and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to plant mangrove trees during the Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2013, an annual observation on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. April 22 was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. This year's theme is: ”PLANT A TREE AND SAVE TOMORROW.” ...PbP Danny Soleta, Rotary Club of Rosario

 

MANGROVE TREE PLANTING ON THE SHORES OF NOVELETA

By:  Maria Evelyn Q. Soleta

  

It was a one hot day!  April 22, 2013, a Monday, low tide. .. Declared an Earth Day.. 

 

Nearly 200 volunteers/members from the DENR,  Rotary, Couples of Christ, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  gathered in Coastal Bay Subdivision in Noveleta, Cavite, to celebrate Earth Day by planting mangrove trees in the nearby coastal riverbeds of this municipality.

 

The Rotarians from different clubs all pitched in to provide for the cost of seedlings while the youth of Cavite Philippines Stake and members of Couples for Christ provided labor force.  The program started at 6:00a.m. with an invocation, opening remarks, a demonstration on how to plant mangrove seedlings and physical exercises for all volunteers.  All of these were participated by the different groups.

 

The town of Noveleta has a 20-hectare marsh land with mangrove trees.  There are many uses for these trees.  Known as “guardians of the coast”, these trees are a home to many crustaceans and fishes, and even to the birds.  They also help prevent floods and red tides (by filtering the mercury present in the water caused by the industrialization in the nearby towns and also the gas and dirt brought about by the water vessels surrounding the bay areas) .   Sadly, these unique and useful trees are now depleting due to the rise of industrialization with the sprout of subdivisions along Noveleta Town.                             

 

Pbp Danilo V. Soleta of Rotary Club of Rosario,and the Public Affairs Director of Cavite Philippines Stake, saw the need to replenish the growth of these mangrove trees.  A Rotarian himself,  he called on other Rotary Clubs to help him with this.  Without any ado, almost 32 clubs participated and willingly joined on this good cause.  With the amount of  funds raised, they were able to buy 25,000 mangrove seedlings!  The youth, along with their leaders, seized this as an opportunity to help and thus, provided labor by planting these seedlings. 

 

The theme, “Plant A Tree and Save Tomorrow” was a pleasing gesture for Mother Earth--- that mangrove trees would once more flourish these marshlands in Noveleta, and, in time become a haven to many seawater species.

 

CO-HOST CLUBS

 

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  1. RC Rosario

  2. RC Cavite East

  3. RC Metro Dasmariñas

  4. RC Kawit Kalayaan

  5. RC CEPZ

  6. RC Manila Metro

  7. RC Chinatown Manila

  8. RC General Mariano Alvarez

  9. RC Manuel Roxas Manila

  10. RC Pasay

  11. RC Tagaytay

  12. RC Cavite Metro

  13. RC Manila Midtown

  14. RC Manila Remedios Circle

  15. RC Manila San Miguel

  16. RC Imus East

  17. RC Manila Maynilad Seafront

  18. RC Pasay West

  19. RC Dasmariñas

  20. RC Carmona

  21. RC Bacoor

  22. RC Bagumbayan-Manila

  23. RC Manila East

  24. RC Imus Independencia

  25. RC Manila South

  26. RC Bacoor Sunrise

  27. RC Intramuros

  28. RC Pasay MOA

  29. RC Manila Sta. Ana

  30. RC Manila 101

  31. RC Manila

  32. RC Leon Guinto

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