Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Tree Planting at Raja Musa Forest Reserve
On March 21, 2009, about 50 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Kuala Lumpur members participated in a community tree planting activity at the Raja Musa Forest Reserve, near Batang Berjuntai, Selangor. The event was jointly organized by Malaysia's Global Environment Centre, Selangor State Forestry Department and CIMB Islamic Bank's EcoSave program--an environmentally friendly paperless savings account.
The reforestation project, involving around 500 volunteers from various groups, replanted trees in sections of the fire-damaged Raja Musa peat swamp forest, which plays an important ecological role in soaking up and storing water, mitigating floods, filtering pollutants and providing wildlife habitat. Damaged or drained peat swamps break down and release significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to global warming.
The event created a memorable experience for both young and old. Some of the participants said they had "lost touch" with nature after spending so much of their lives in urban settings. Although the volunteers came away drenched in sweat and covered with dirt, many stated that their time spent was worthwhile and meaningful.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photo courtesy of SGM]