The Lions Club of Perak Silver State (LCPSS) aims to plant 100 trees by the end of this year to help lower carbon dioxide levels in the air and stabilise the temperature around the city.
The president, Dr Richard Ng, said the campaign also received cooperation from the Ipoh City Council (MBI) which supplied shade trees to be planted in suitable areas.
He said, according to records, there are about 200,000 trees of various species in Ipoh.
Richard, who is also a Council Member of MBI for Zone 14 (Pasir Pinji) said, so far LCPSS has planted 28 trees in public fields and schools that benefit about 10,000 residents in Ipoh.
“The campaign is in line with MBI’s objective to plant 1,500 trees by the end of this year so that the mission of making Ipoh a Low Carbon City 2030 can be achieved,” he told Ipoh Echo today (August 12).
Richard said so during a press conference after attending the “Hijaukan Bumi Selamatkan Generasi Akan Datang dan Kibar Jalur Gemilang” (Greening the Earth to Save Future Generations and Fly the Jalur Gemilang) programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) St Michael Ipoh (SMI).
Also present were Chinese Community Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Housing and Local Government (KPKT), Leong Cheok Keng; MBI Zone 8 (Kepayang) Council Member, Mohammad Iskandar Abdul Rahman and SMI Principal, Sit Wai Yin as well as Residents Representative Committee (JPP) of Zone 8 (Kepayang) and Zone 14 (Pasir Pinji).
During the programme, a total of four shade trees, namely the Mempari tree and the Batai Laut (Yellow Flame) tree were planted in the school field, complete with QR codes to enable students to view information regarding the trees.
Meanwhile, in another development, he called on the people to instill the spirit of patriotism in themselves by flying the Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with the month of independence.
“Today we put up 20 Jalur Gemilang in front of SMI. We hope that buildings, offices, business premises and houses will also be decorated with Jalur Gemilang flags to show the spirit of love for the country,” he said.