To let me be part of a beautiful and strong natural phenomenon, my Omani friends sent me some pictures of the impact of the south-west monsoon on nature, while I am promoting my new book ‘Whispers of Oman’in Belgium, my native country. This so-called ‘Khareef’ is a three month natural phenomenon, normally starting around June 21 and only existing in Dhofar, in the southern part of the Sultanate. Every year, the drizzle rain, the fog turns the hills of the Dhofar Mountain Range into a playground of greenery.
Trees become alive.
On the third of September the first headquarters of the “Environment Society of Oman (ESO)’ in Dhofar were inaugurated,” one can read in the local newspapers. “ESO, a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation, was founded in 2004. Membership is open to anyone above the age of 18 who has interest in conserving the environment and ensuring that Oman’s natural heritage remains intact for future generations to enjoy. To celebrate the occasion and as an expression of willingness and commitment, the EOS planted 100 seedlings in the local public schools in Dhofar to raise awareness of the importance of vegetation. The exercise was carried out with the cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs.”
This good news guided me to another ‘good news’ article .
‘Congratulations, Planet Earth! New Report says the World now has Three Trilion Trees.’
“The study which lead to this stunning, seven-fold increase, was published in ‘Nature,’ entitled ‘Mapping tree density at a global scale.’ But this new estimate is not, as it might seem, unambiguously positive.” “The total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization,” one can read on phys.org. “ Trees are among the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, yet we are only recently beginning to comprehend their global extent and distribution, said Thomas Crowther, a post doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and lead author of the study. The study was inspired by Plant for the Planet, a global youth initiative that leads the United Nations Environment Programme’s “Billion Tree Campaign.”