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More trees at Badas

June 18, 2009

In less than a week, I was back to the Badas Forest Reserve Area to plant more Kapur Paya with the British High Commissioner himself, his staff and more lovely ladies and more enthusiastic men from the Brunei Adventure Recreation Association or BARA. The Polar Girls were also there as well media personnel; Aziz and Farah from the Borneo Bulletin and Rash from the Brunei Times.

I saw the high commissioner, His Excellency Mr John Saville literally getting down to his knees and planting the trees with his bare hands. He look so natural. Now I remember His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei who also used his bare hands to plant Brunei’s very own padi Laila recently. These are all great leadership. 

Today I think I will just let the pictures tell the story as I am still exhausted – need to recharge my batteries soon.

Holy smoke! The otherentrance to the Badas Forest Reserve Area was under fire.
Holy smoke! The entrance to the Badas Forest Reserve Area was under fire.
The fire was next to the road.
The fire was next to the road.
It was, however, green all the way to the Badas Forest Reserve area.
It was, however, green all the way to the Badas Forest Reserve area.
Err, a not welcoming sign to the forest reserve area. Its a forest reserve!
Err, a not welcoming sign to the forest reserve area. Its a forest reserve!
The British High Commissioner with his bare hands planting a kapur paya sappling.
The British High Commissioner down to his knees, planting a kapur paya sappling with his bare hands.
12-year old volunteer, Bazlaa' Billah identifying a stow-away seed.
12-year old volunteer, Bazlaa’ Billah identifying a seed.
This is what you call re-use. A worker re-uses a canvas to transport 30 tree sapplings at a time to the planting site.

This is what you call re-use. A worker re-uses a canvas to transport 30 tree sapplings at a time to the planting site.

David Taylor (left) presenting a souvenier book, Nomads of the dawn to His Excellency for the high commissioner's support to the ISB's Million Trees project. Look at the High Commissioner's hands.
David Taylor (left) presenting a souvenier book, Nomads of the dawn to His Excellency for the high commissioner’s support to the ISB’s Million Trees project. Look at the High Commissioner’s hands.
As always, a group photo is a must...

As always, a group photo is a must...

So I end my post today with this:

An average person creates 9,000 kg of CO2 per annum. An average rainforest tree captures 20 kg of CO2 per annum. You need 450 trees to offset your CO2 emission. 450 trees!

I heard that schools have not respond in to this tree-planting activity. I hope once the school re-opens after the current school holiday, there will be more Bazlaa’ Billah and her peers who would be involve in such beneficial activity. Anyone wants to join the Brunei Generation Green?

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