By Muath Freij – Nov 11,2017

AMMAN — The small number of green spaces in the capital prompted 14-year-old Reem Hamadah to participate in a one-day planting tree activity in Amman on Saturday.

Hamadah said that she is forced to visit malls in the upscale neighbourhoods of Amman whenever she wants to enjoy some leisure time due to the lack of parks in the capital.

“It is very important to care about the environment and to overcome any problems environment suffers from. As we keep planting trees, people can increasingly turn to green spaces instead of malls,” she told The Jordan Times during the activity. Hamadah was among 300 students from the Jubilee School and 500 employees of the King Hussein Foundation (KHF) who joined Her Majesty Queen Noor and some of her grandchildren in planting 1,400 trees in a plot of land affiliated with the KHF.

Hana Shahin, executive director of the KHF, said that the event was organised out of the foundation’s belief in paying attention and care to the environment.

“These students represent the future generation of the Kingdom and we always try to enhance their love towards the soil of the country and towards the Kingdom in general,” she told The Jordan Times.

Shahin said that they also aimed to reflect on the dangerous impact of the growing number of buildings which made the greenery in the capital shrink.

Fifteen-year-old Abdul Rahman Saad said that he wanted to participate in the activity in order to make his peers join him in taking a positive step for the sake of the environment.

For her part, Shaimaa Qurashi said that such events will help encourage other students to participate in community service activities.