Earth Day 2013
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.