We do not often think of the destruction of war beyond its human cause. How often do we think of the serious damage done to nature? The consequences of war have a widespread impact. Bombs, land mines, military equipment and tanks not only destroy trees, plants, and wildlife, they pollute the environment.
As part of our Triple Gem Society Green Projects, we have planted 110 coconut trees and 40 mango trees in the village we are rebuilding. On the 24th and 25th of October, I traveled to northern Sri Lanka to introduce the project and initiate the tree planting.
Already people are beginning to leave the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps to return to their former villages. As they prepare to resettle, they are encountering an environment badly damaged and destroyed by war. Most of the land has to be re-cultivated, and in many areas crops as well as the trees need to be replanted.
We are still exploring innovative ways to help the war-displaced families returning home. We are looking forward to getting involved in planting more trees and helping restore a healthy environment while working to restore war torn lives.