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Speech for the day

21 SEP 2016


Our environment is important for us. Not only locally but also globally around the world. Today it's time to lay focus on the environment and peace. We do this special deed together with thousands of schools, youth groups, cities and organisations around the world. We plant trees today with our friends in the North, South, East and West. The first trees are planted in Oceania. Then, following the Sun, trees will be planted in Asia, Europe and Africa. The last trees will be put to Earth on Hawaii and Cook Islands. Thousands of schools in over 100 countries are planting trees with us.

Environment Online- ENO is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development.The first ENO Tree Planting Day took place twelve years ago, 21 September 2004. It was also later same year when Wangari Maathai received her Nobel Peace Prize, because of planting trees.

We are celebrating the international day of peace, with a theme Sustainable Development Goals - Building Blocks For Peace. The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is a building block in the global architecture of peace. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make.

Our tree planting in the ENO Programme is truly building blocks for peace based on the Sustainable Development Goals. It brings together goals of education, combating climate change, protecting and promoting the environment, strenthgen global partnership for sustainable development and promoting peaceful socities and justice for all.

Today we are planting trees for peace again. So far, schools and ENO Green Cities have planted over 20 million trees and with the support of governments aims to plant 100 million trees by 2017. With their support this target will most likely to be reached by the end of 2017. Our commitment was also highlighted by United Nations in Rio +20 Summit.

Tree is a symbol for us. Firstly, it reminds us of nature and the importance of environmental protection. Secondly, it symbolizes our co-operation between schools and people around the world. We live in different cultures but appreciate their richness. We respect the rights of everyone, also nature and animals. Let’s mark these trees as peace trees and grow together with our trees towards better future.