Riga, Latvia (12.01.2017). During his visit of Rotary Institute 2017, today in center of Riga, just next to Opera house, Rotary International president Ian Riseley with other rotarians has planted tree. This willow – tree “Salix fragilis Bullata” is specially selected for this area and park. This tree have donated Riga Hansa Rotary club and Riga Ridzene Rotary club.
Rotary President Ian on Environmental Sustainability and Trees
Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree before Earth Day on Sunday April 22, 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming. Riseley explained that, “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern … Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, and they are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility.” Of his Tree Planting Challenge he said, “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
As mentioned Riseley, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone a long time ago planted a tree” – Warren Buffett. Buffett’s simple yet thoughtful quote conjures the image of one of life’s simple pleasures and, indeed, of one of our most important natural resources— trees. It conveys our connectedness and the importance of positive action to enhance the lives of others and communities. Moreover, to me, it suggests the need for vision, forethought and sustainability.”