The Centre for Responsible Leadership is involved in a tree planting project.
By Eben le Roux
Posted on 15 March 2010
The environment brings people together: Jo-Anne Underhill from the CRL, together with students, Sally, Neo, Yuri and Kwanda from the University of Pretoria together with the principal, Wouter Burger and Pieter Lombard of HoŽrskool Centurion.
Staff from the CRL recently went on a tree planting trip to schools in the Tshwane Region, as part of a project to help neutralise carbon emissions associated with a conference they are organizing (the International Conference on Responsible Leadership).
The schools were more than willing to accept the gift of trees, and understood not only the aesthetic value of the trees, but also their education potential – the lesson behind all of this: human activities often cost the environment, and often these costs are not taken into consideration, and not reflected in our prices and balance sheets.
Initiatives such as these demonstrate that it is possible for humans to continue to thrive into the future, if we act responsibly, taking into consideration not only economics, but also environmental and social matters in an integrated and holistic manner. If we plan ahead, and act responsibly, we are able to create win-win opportunities, partnerships are created and strengthened, awareness is raised, and the environment is protected for us now and for future generations.