Sri Lanka YMCA Tree Planting Programme was launched by Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Ranjith Canagasabe, the Bishop of Colombo on 17thSeptember 2012 at the Cathedral compound, Bauddaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07 by planting a “ Diospyros Ebenum(Kaluwara) tree.
The Tree Planting Programme is conducted to mark the 50th Anniversary of the National Council of the YMCAs of Sri Lanka.
Addressing the gathering His Lordship said that “YMCA has chosen an appropriate and relevant activity to mark the 50thAnniversary of the National Council of the YMCAs of Sri Lanka when the country is in need of millions of trees to sustain its eco system”. He further thanked God for the ecosystem and pleased the event as a beginning point of a long journey.
The Lordship also thanked the YMCA for its yeoman service to the community and requested to expand this programme to all parts of the country. Bishop made a special request from YMCA to plant trees in the Central hills, North and East as many trees have been destroyed.
Responding to the request made by His Lordship, The National General Secretary of the National Council of YMCAs of Sri Lanka Mr. Lakshan Dias said that through the YMCA Tree Planting Programme it is intended to mobilize around 5000 youth and plant 500,000 trees in Sri Lanka within a period of three months from September to December 2012. YMCA also expects to build awareness among the community especially, among the youth on the importance of having sufficient plants on our earth. There will be educational and awareness programmes on climate change and global warming in parallel to the tree planting programme as well.
It is also revealed that the YMCAs of Point Pedro, Kalmunai and Pamunugama inaugurated their local level tree planting programme on the same day.