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Singaporean Catholics plant trees as part of “OneMillionTrees Movement”

A parishioner digs a hole to plant trees (Photo credit to Jesuits of the Malaysia-Singapore Region Facebook)

The Singaporean Catholics planted the trees as part of participating in the "OneMillionTrees Movement" of the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks) on the morning of September 28.

The event took place as an initiative of the Green Movement of the Parish in conjunction with the "OneMillionTrees Movement" of NParks Singapore and Season of Creation 2022.

The "OneMillionTrees movement" is a one million tree planting project all over the city-state within ten years, starting in March 2020 and ending in 2030.

It aims to restore nature to the country to improve living conditions for wildlife and people.

This movement plays a key role in "City in Nature," which is one of the five pillars of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 for sustainable development.

The vision of "City in Nature" was rooted in the vision of the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s "Singapore as a Garden City."

The involvement of the community plays a vital role in the success of this movement. 

Group Photo of Parish Priest and parishioners who plant trees (Photo credit to Jesuits of the Malaysia-Singapore Region Facebook)

The Parish Priest of St. Ignatius Parish, Jesuit Father Colin Tan, began the event with prayer, and over 40 parishioners of St. Ignatius parish in Singapore participated in the tree planting event at a natural state land area in Adam Road.

The parishioners planted 50 native species of trees, small to medium in size, by wearing hats and holding cangkul (hoes), spades, gloves, and watering cans provided by the NParks.

The planted trees were Derum Selunchor (Cratoxylum cochinense), Seashore Ardisia or Mata Pelandok (Ardisia elliptica), and Cempaka Tanjung (Gardenia tubifera).

They dug holes to place the plants in and covered them with soil. And then, they watered the planted trees.

The NParks staff members were on standby to help whenever they needed help.

The event also supported the Season of Creation 2022, which started on September 1, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.

The theme this year is "listening to the voice of creation" with a symbol of the burning bush. - With input from 


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