The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).The objective of the IYPH is to raise awareness of the importance and impacts of plant health in addressing global issues, including hunger, poverty, threats to the environment and economic development. It would be good for us to consider how we can take forward this objective through our own educative and pastoral initiatives. Taking care of the trees within our own campuses would be a practical way of celebrating the IYPH. Similarly, promoting plantation drives and protection of trees in our neighbourhoods, would be another significant way of marking the IYPH. In this context, I strongly urge you to avoid cutting trees in your campuses. If, for reasons of safety, a tree needs to be felled, please obtain permission from the Provincial Economer and the local government authorities before doing so.The indiscriminate cutting of trees that we sometimes witness in our own campuses is indeed sad. We need to remember that Pope Francis describes the destruction of nature as sin. “For human beings to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins. For to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God”(Laudato Si’ 8).