TOYOTA ECO RANGERS TO REDUCE 7 MILLION KG OF CARBON DIOXIDE

Published on July 29th, 2011

22 secondary schools from all over the Klang Valley, who participated in the Toyota Eco Rangers (TER) programme, have planted more than 9000 trees and set to reduce 7 million kilogram of carbon dioxide once the trees are fully grown.

The TER programme was designed to educate secondary school students to appreciate and understand more about nature and environment, including ways to care and nurture the trees. Through this initiative, participating schools have taken a step forward in creating greener environment.

At the award presentation ceremony held at SMK Putrajaya Presint 8, here, En. Ismet Suki, President, UMW Toyota Motor commented, “Through the Toyota Eco Rangers programme, we have planted a total of 9,341 trees. This is inclusive of 6,815 forest trees and 2,526 other types of trees which are planted within their school compound or the surrounding community areas.”

He also said, “The students involved in this programme have been very active and had showed their commitment towards the environment.  They also learned about the various species of trees and also how to nurture and preserve them. With the knowledge, we believe that they will be more environmentally conscious and contribute towards the reduction of greenhouse effects in the future.“

Through this programme, the students were introduced to various indigenous trees and, ways of creating bio-enzyme and composting to nurture the plants. They also worked with companies or NGO’s to practise green living and recycling.

Within the three years, about 30 species of forest or indigenous trees were planted, namely garcinia atrovindis (Asam Gelugor), shorea curtusii (Meranti) and mesua ferea (Penaga Lilin). Other trees include herbal and decorative, as well as potted plants. If the trees survive and reach its maturity age in 12 – 15 years, it will help to provide more oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide.

TER programme is a testimony of UMW Toyota Motor’s genuine effort and commitment to reach out to the younger generation to empower them with environmental issues and encouraged them to preserve the environment.

The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Kurup was present at the event with En. Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. Principals, teachers and students from participating schools were also present.

TER programme which was launched in 2008, was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam (YAWA).

words & pix: UMW Toyota

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