World Earth Day 2021
Samoa has joined the global celebration of World Earth Day 2021 on Thursday 21st April by raising awareness under the theme of “Restore Our Earth” #RestoreOurEarth. The Ministry together with the UK in Samoa – British High Commission in Apia communities of Poutasi,Saleilua and Saaga, Samoa Conservation SocietySecretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme – SPREP
and relevant partners conducted a tree planting ceremony at The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, O le Pūpū Puē National Park Ramsar Site, contributing to the ecological restoration of degraded forest, building resilience against climate change and ongoing ‘2 Million Trees Campaign’. The tree planting ceremony was dedicated in memory of the Late HRH Duke of Edinburgh, for whom protection of the environment was a cause close to his heart.
The theme for Earth Day 2021, focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. The climate crisis is the greatest challenge that we face and it is entirely within our power to address it.
The opening prayer was conducted by Father Raymond Betham of All Saints Anglican Church, followed by the official keynote address delivered by Caretaker Minister Tuitama Dr. Talalelei Tuitama. Dr. Tuitama stated in his official address that “the commemorative event increases awareness of the value of indigenous forests and to saving them for future generations, facilitates knowledge exchange, shares best practice and creates new, collaborative initiatives for forests conservation”.
A total of 1000 seedlings of native tree species was planted by all participants within the National Park. We thank you for all your continuous and enthusiastic support and participation.