“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” Martin Luther King
Thanks to Timberland Malaysia, I had the great opportunity to join in their yearly Horqin Reforestation Project in Inner Mongolia. This is a major part of their Earthkeepers’ effort to combat desertification and sandstorm in Horqin, Inner Mongolia.
Honestly, I would also like to experience the jobs undertaken by Mr Yoshio Kitaura and Mr Takashi Otaki, the two main persons behind Green Network. They are a Japanese NGO who has been working with Timberland to green the Horqin desert in Inner Mongolia since 2001. For more information on their greening activities, visit the Green Network.
After a hearty local breakfast, we headed out to Wafang desert and it started to drizzle halfway. I was slightly disappointed with the weather condition but luckily, throughout the journey, I was distracted by the beautiful landscape of pine trees, endless rows of corn fields and sunflowers.
The next day, after an approximately 3 hours of bumpy bus ride, the Singapore winner of the Timberland Photography contest 2011 managed to find humor in it and commented, “This is like a Disneyland ride!” Kudos to him for being so cheerful under such circumstances, the beauty of nature does have its magical touch.
Mr Takashi Otaki – he speaks fluent Mandarin and Japanese of course, and limited English.