A Sunday morning, under a clear blue sky and very high temperature, PZ and I were invited by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society to Kuala Selangor (approx 1 hour from KL) to plant over thousand young mangrove tree saplings.
PZ as the MRCS National Youth Ambassador and Selangor Branch Adviser was surrounded by forty young volunteer students who did a fantastic job and showed high commitment in sustainable development.
We were very well trained by Mr Nagarajan Rengasamy, the Senior Centre Officer of Taman Alam (Kuala Selangor Nature Park).
Why is it so important to protect the mangroves? I have to say that I asked myself the same question when the alarm clock woke us up at 7 am (on a Sunday!)
Mangroves are very important in Malaysia because they serve as a natural barrier against a tsunami and stabilize the coastline. They are home to several unique fauna and flora and they provide feeding for fishes as well as migratory shorebirds.
What destroys the mangroves? Mostly for environmental matters, the answer is Man. In Selangor, it is the prawn farms. They are everywhere along the shore. Farmers destroy the mangrove forests (sometimes illegally) to expand their exploitations.
The only way to fight back and help fight against global warming is to replant mangrove trees.
Imagine: 1 hectare of mangroves absorbs 1.5 ton of carbon dioxide per year. 1 hectare = 4000 trees. So by planting 1000 trees this morning we have offset 375kg carbon dioxide/ year.
Yeaaah! Congrats everyone and thanks to the amazing young volunteers of Selangor. We will all have a good sleep tonight!