On March 21, 2009, about 50 SGM Kuala Lumpur members participated in a community tree planting activity at the Raja Musa Forest Reserve, near Batang Berjuntai, Selangor. The event was jointly organised by Global Environment Centre, Selangor State Forestry Department and CIMB EcoSave.
The main purpose of the activity was to replant trees in sections of the Raja Musa peat swamp forest which was damaged by fires. Peat swamp forests play an important ecological role to soak and store water to mitigate floods, filter pollutants and also as a wildlife habitat. Damaged or drained peat swamp will break down and release significant amount of carbon dioxide in to the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. The project involved around 500 volunteers from various groups.
In accordance with the Buddhist principle of oneness of life and its environment and realising their duties as citizens of the planet, SGM members took the opportunity to participate in the activity – fully their responsibilities in protecting the environment. The activity was a memorable experience for the SGM members both young and old, as many have “lost touch” with nature after spending most of their lives in urban settings. Although, they came away tired, drenched in sweat and covered with dirt, it was a worthwhile visit to reconnect with nature.