20 June 2012

Liberia: DHL Celebrates World Environment Day

World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways in countries such as Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States. Activities include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting, and clean-up campaigns. In many countries, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action towards improving the environment. This observance also provides an opportunity for leaders of the world to sign or ratify international environmental conventions.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Protecting the environment is everyones' business and it is not something that can be taken lightly in the times we live in. Mankind, in its constant quest to live improved and better life has been unfairly neglecting the environment over centuries. That is why we are experiencing the impact of this unsustainable growth and development. There are Increased occurrences of natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes and ever changing weather patterns across the world. These cannot be mere coincidences. We need to pay attention to Mother Nature and work towards a greener environment.

DHL observed World Environmental Day on June 02 which is not the proper date it was intended for. The selected date was due to the 5th of June being on a working day. On that day, a group of enthusiastic DHL staff, all dressed in their bright yellow DHL T-Shirts happily thronged the grounds of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare compound in Congo Town, ready for the tree planting session. We were greatly assisted by a caretaker, who was careful in measuring every spot we had to plant on. Mr. David M. Jallah who is the Ministry's Infrastructure Director greatly assisted us with our planting requirements. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare building is a new facility built by the Government of Liberia to accommodate officials and staff of that functionary of government who assist in making the policies of Liberia's health programs. A total number of 20 palm trees were planted. We are sure that by the morning of Monday June 4th, the staff at the Ministry would have arrived to the site of newly planted trees and wondered that indeed it was in commemoration of World Environmental Day which was just one day away.

WED is not a holiday in Liberia. However, DHL chose the day in consonance with the world and to collaborate with the UN and of nature by planting trees or implementing other environmental day programs. Our environmental day programs may some day in the future include cleanups of streets and riverbanks or beaches. Last year, 2011 we planted more than 30 trees along the Roberts International Airport highway at a local entertainment center. This year's theme for WED is "GREEN ECONOMY", put simply, is "one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive." Does it include you?"

DHL has over the last few years adapted programs of "GO GREEN, GO HELP and GO TEACH" In the GO GREEN program; we may concentrate on environmental activities like cleaning of streets, riverbanks, beaches or tree planting. Our main concern is concentrated on planting trees. We believe in a greener earth.

In the"GO HELP" program, we assist in a humanitarian way by giving to the most needed in society. Over the last three years we have assisted The SOS Children's Village with a variety of food and mattresses. Our effort has also been directed to the Antoinnette Cheshire Home on 10th Street with food and mattresses. In addition to this, we have also helped them by giving their building a good paint work. The Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home is home to the mentally disabled or those with physical disabilities.

In the "GO TEACH" program we concentrate on doing symbolic teaching and assisting schools with materials for their learning. In most cases, students at the selected institutions get pencils, notebooks, erasers, chalks, etc. This September or October, we will be going for our next program on "GO HELP". A selected institution will be served and reports of these activities made known in the media.

DHL was founded in Liberia in 1983. In 30 years we have served the public with much needed information that has helped them grow their institutions and made personal developments. During the Liberian conflict, we were always the last to leave and the first to return, ensuring that our customers got the feeling that we were never out of here in the first place.

In 1998, we landed the first DHL aircraft on the James Spriggs Payne Airport with daily flights from Abidjan to Monrovia, Conakry, Freetown and back to Abidjan. The aircraft was a Cessna Carravan only capable of carrying 2 tons. Today, the situation based our customers' needs and requirements have made DHL to purchase bigger aircrafts of five tons and above to move more and heavier weights. We still fly five times a week except on Fridays and Saturdays. A bigger aircraft, a Boeing 767 lands from Brussels into Lagos, Nigeria carrying over 60 tons of materials for West and Central Africa alone. The materials are sorted out with all West Africa materials East of the Ivory Coast leaving on a smaller Boieng 727 aircraft with a capacity of 22 tons to Accra and depositing final dispatch materials on a much smaller ATR-42 aircraft with a capacity of five tons to move our materials to Monrovia and beyond.

In addition to these capabilities, we are also able to arrange for air charters of much heavier weights from 10 to 80 tons and above. Our staff, having a combined experience of over 40 years can handle any logistical requirements for industry, institution or infrastructure. Currently, we have a staff of 30, 2 trucks, 2 vans, 3 sedans and 4 motorbikes. We are also able to conduct domestic services to Buchanan, Tubmanburg, Kakata, Gbarnga, Ganta and Yekepa. Our offices are located in Monrovia and Buchanan with a service center at the Palm Springs Hotel on Tubman Blvd.

There are plans to open an express center on Bushrod island around the Clara Town area and an Agency opposite the Bardnersville Road.

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