I strongly believe that in order for us to protect nature we must first share a love of it. This love must be fostered and nurtured through the understanding of its significance to the world around us and that I believe is where parents come in. Parents have an integral role to play in how children perceive the environment and I think it is better that whilst parents encourage their children in achieving their goals, it is also vital that alongside they be taught about the importance of nature thereby harboring a respect and love for it. Children must be involved more in nature and not disconnected from it.
The One Earth Urban Arboretum is a humble effort from Dilmah Conservation in the hopes of igniting this love and respect towards nature in the younger generation as well as the older.
- Merrill J. Fernando, Founder of Dilmah Tea