VILIMAINA Seva planted her first tree yesterday at the Thurston Gardens in recognition of the International Day of Forests.
The 17-year-old Dudley High School student said she felt proud to have the opportunity to plant a source of one of the world's most basic needs — oxygen.
"Forests are so important for us, the role they play in our lives is often forgotten but they provide us with so many of our basic needs," Seva told this newspaper while planting her tree," she said.
Speaking at the launch of the annual event was Minister for Forests Lieutenant-Colonel Inia Seruiratu who referred to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's words of advice.
"As we deliberate on the post-2015 development agenda, let us acknowledge the vital role of forests and pledge to work together to protect and sustainably manage these vital ecosystems," Lt-Col Seruiratu said.