“NATURE FORCE” planting one million trees
Manusath Derana Initiated the NATURE FORCE programme on the 28th of August 2016, during a special event held at the Sri Maha Viharaya in Pepiliyana, This could be considered as one of the biggest environment promotional programmes in the country. This was ceremonially inaugurated by Mr. Dilith Jayaweera chairman of Derana. Angelia Ong as miss earth and Brittany Payne as Miss Earth Water were the chief guests at this event. They are the two world ambassadors of the environment.
The target of the launch of this programme is to plant one million trees around the country in well planned stages. One of the key objectives of the Nature Force programme is to nurture a Nature loving generation starting with school children by instiling a nature awareness in them and giving them the responsibility of preserving the environment.
MANUSATH DERANA launched the -NATURE FORCE- environmental programme with Miss Earth (Angelia Ong) and Miss Earth Water (Brittany Payne), the two World Ambassadors of the environment as the Chief guests.
Since the launch of NATURE FORCE One Million Trees programme, more than two hundred thousand trees have been planted in all most all the schools in four educational zones. This means we have already achieved twenty percent of our target.
We have received very positive responses from the general public. Private sector institutions, universities and individuals joined Manusath Derana in the effort to provide healthy fresh air to the nation by promoting and preserving the greenery of the country.
The first stage of engaging school communities’ with Manusath Derana Nature force One Million Trees was conducted from 22nd to 24th February, 2017 in all the schools of the Colombo Educational Zone. The second and third stages of the programme were conducted in the Negombo educational zone, on 19th September, 2017 and the Homagama educational zone on 17th January, 2018 respectively.
The fourth phase of the programme was held in the Kelaniya educational zone on 26th February 2018 under the theme “Freedom of Breathing”. The ceremonial event was held at the Henegama Central College Weliweria. One hundred and seventeen schools participated for this event by planting trees at their respective school premises in the same day. The Programme is scheduled to cover all the educational zones in the island.
Manusath Derana “NATURE FORCE” One Million Trees Programme is specially concentrating on schools however it is open to all those who are interested to join hands with us. So far apart from the schools, institutions, universities and factories have lineup with the programme
Manusath Derana together with KIU University recently began a new chapter by expanding the scope of One Million trees programme to include the protection of indigenous and medicinal plants of Sri Lanka. Inaugural ceremonies of the new programme were held at Visaka vidyalaya Colombo and Anula primary school Nugegoda on the 16th of February 2018.
Al though the main target group of Manusath Derana Nature Force One Million Trees Programme is school children, because of they are the countries future trustees, we emphasize that it is a prime responsibility of all citizens to conserve nature.
We are already experiencing the devastating results of deforestation and willful environmental pollution. The nation’s water resources are rapidly polluting and fast diminishing and our future generations will have to face a severe water crisis. It is also our duty to conserve and protect the flora and fauna of our beautiful island. The ever growing clash between elephants and humans is a living example of deforestation. Manusath Deran Nature force has been initiated with a far seeing vision to reverse and restore this situation and resurrect our natural forests thereby creating a sustainable green Sri Lanka where citizen will have the freedom of breathing unpolluted fresh air.
Those with a passion to take responsibility of caring for plants till they grow up in to trees are welcome to join hands with Manusath Derana Nature force One Million Trees Programme to Create a Green Sri Lanka