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Speech for the day

21 SEP 2018


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 fourteen years ago, 21 September 2004. It was also the same year Wangari Maathai received her Nobel Peace Prize, because of planting trees.

We are celebrating the international day of peace. The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice. Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone.Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.

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.