On the 2nd of June 2016, to commemorate the coronation of the Fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1974, the students’ and teachers’ of The Royal Academy celebrated Social Forestry Day by planting 150 saplings in a community area adjoining the main road near Shaba. The occasion was marked in true Bhutanese festive spirit which has successfully ensured that our country is not just carbon neutral but is also carbon negative. Bhutan is, so far, the only carbon negative country in the world- something all of us can be truly proud of.
This was followed by a picnic lunch near a campsite adjoining the Paro-chu where students savored a delicious lunch whilst feasting their eyes on the rich natural landscape, covered with trees and various types of flora – a result of meticulous nature planning from the bygone years. Living in harmony with nature, and appreciating it truly, is one of the core underlying principles of the Royal Academy and today was a small but significant step towards that resolve.