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Purpose and Concept  

Plant a tree programme is one of the methods that can reduce carbon dioxide from the air. Many cities from foreign countries have practised the reduction of carbon emission in the atmosphere such as buildings which used solar energy and windmill. Usage of recyclable items, public transports that are not using fossil fuels and others. The reasons those cities take the steps are as follows:

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Climate Change  

The earth climate at the moment has change significantly. Clear evidence has shown that it is due to the human actions that have lead to this sudden change. We are lucky in the sense that we still have the opportunities to make changes to control and act upon this phenomenon. In recent times, we have witnessed the highest recorded temperature, flood all over places throughout Malaysia, drought, fire and air pollution. Our climate scientist informed that these conditions are consistent with the current global warming.

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Sustainable Development  

The increase of world population is coherent with our population. We must strive to find a way to blend our life with natural resources, and in fact it has resulted to the lack of resources, therefore one need to plan actions in order to promote an environmental-friendly development, organic agriculture and a responsible environmental method.

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Planting trees to preserve species and bio- diversity  

No more Shorea kuantanensis. The only things left is the dried leaves, sample of leaf bud safely pasted onto card and stored in one of thousand boxes in Kepong Herbarium managed by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). We may never discover the height of this particular tree. Or the greennessof its leaves. Or the colour of its flower. We can only guess the shape of its seeds. This species has become extinct after the area it originally grows at Bukit Goh Forest Reserve near Kuantan Pahang was cleared making a way for palm oil plantation.

With half of the virgin forest in Peninsular Malaysia have been converted into cities, factory areas, plantations and estates, our wild flora and fauna are definitely under threat.

At the moment, trees are unprotected. Only plants in preserved areas such as in the national parks or forest reserves are protected.

Planning Act 1976 (Act 172) Amendment A933 has allocated the PBT for taking care and preserve trees under the local authority area. They may issue order to monitor protected species which has certain values.

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  PLANT A TREE PROGRAMME
 
 
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An endangered and critical species must be listed and registered under one Act and it can automatically be protected. With the presence of laws, all endangered species found by the developer or land owner must be protected. Currently, the preservation only relied on their discretion. History has shown that by educating students and publics on the sources and solution will be able to preserve a healthy and sustainable planet. By promoting individual and corporate actions in planting trees, it will lead to a significant reduction in carbon dioxide as well towards sustainability.

 
Carbon Ray Progress and Emission on Air

The land usage conversion is one of the leading factors toward greenhouse gas dispersion (carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, water). Timber industries from developing countries have increased in the recent 50 years and it is one fifth from the carbon dioxide emission produced by humans.

 

According to FAO (2005), Logging, especially in land converted from forest to agricultural land, at 13 hectare per year. Logging will produce carbon dioxide kept within trees especially when the wood is burnt and also organic materials decomposed. IPCC stated that a reduction or prevention of logging is one the huge mitigation selection toward the impact of carbon stock in the near future per hectare each year to prevent carbon emission into the air.

 
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Reference
  1. Low Carbon Society (LCS) in Malaysia: Devt of Low Carbon Scenarios in the Asian Region - Prof Ho Chin Siong (utm), Dr Kei Gomi (Kyoto Uni ,Japan)
  2. Protecting native flora and fauna –Tan Cheng Li,The Star ,Nov 23 20101
  3. Low Carbon City 2025 – Sustainable Iskandar Malaysia; Vice Chancellor Council & Japan Society of Science The Planning of Urban Energy and Environmental Systems(Group vii)
  4. Greehouse Gases – Wikipedia.org.com
  5. Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa Semenanjung Malaysia – Akta Perancang Bandar 172 pindaan A933
 

 

Last Updated: Monday, 21 October 2019 - 11:02am