Preserving the environment is important in sustaining a healthy living. However most people take the environment for granted. With the aim of preserving our mother earth, thirty-six Year Two students from Diploma in Sport and Exercise (DSE2 G1 and G2) took part in a tree planting activity on 9 April 2017. The activity was carried out at Kampung Boyan Flood Mitigation Pond in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur.
The tree planting activity was a part of River of Life Public Outreach Programme organised by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and TAR UC is one of the partners involved in this programme. Among other organisations that were involved in this programme are the US embassy, the US Navy, Jabatan Saliran dan Pengairan (JPS), Alam Flora and several others. The programme’s main objective is to rejuvenate Sungai Bonus and create an environmental friendly area at Kampung Boyan Flood Mitigation Pond. TAR UC students’ tree planting activity was a part of the main activity to create an eco-friendly area at Kampung Boyan Flood Mitigation Pond.
The tree planting activity was launched by the mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Haji Amin Nordin bin Abd Aziz and the Ambassador of the United States of America, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir. Besides tree planting activity, six other programmes were also organised on that day. Among them were cycling activity, river monitoring and demonstration on how to recycle cooking oil. Before the activity began, TAR UC students were given the task to lead a senamrobic activity. After the senamrobic, the students were given a briefing by the lecturers and DBKL staff on how to properly plant the trees. They were divided in small groups and each group was given the task of planting the trees and building a fence around each tree. The students planted twenty trees. The types of trees that they planted included lime, jackfruit, morenga and mango. The planting activity was also joined by twenty students from the TAR UC Green Society and several members from the US Navy.
Each tree that the students planted on that day is hoped to be able to attract birds to come to that area and hence bring “life” to the area in future. We hope that this activity will have a long lasting impact towards the ecosystem of Kampung Boyan Mitigation Pond area.
The tree planting activity has served as a good platform for the students to contribute their efforts to preserve the environment. According to Kong Yong Lim, a student from DSE2 Group 1, this activity has given him the chance to experience new things and become more aware about the importance of preserving the environment. He also stated that the experience gained from talking and working with the US Navy personnel is very enlightening.