Dec 27, 2012, 8:50 AM
Over the year ADWAC has embarked on a rigorous tree planting exercise in the provinces, with recent coverage of the villages of Saaba, Karantaba and Darsilami, where they have planted thousands of saplings of different species, to contribute to reducing global warming and building a safe and healthy society.
We have taken a keen note of the efforts by ADWAC and its partners because of the fact that tree planting is significant in protecting and preserving the country’s flora and fauna.
Their effort therefore shows their commitment to combating desertification and bringing about sustainable livelihood for our people in the provinces via the skills being imparted into them to take up the exercise of consistent tree planting and maintenance of trees, which is of great importance and relevance to our environment and food security.
“The planting exercise was designed to support the government drive of protecting and restoring the forest cover,” said a member of the partnering organisations in the exercise.
Our forest cover needs to be restored and protected, more so that we are in this day and age faced with intense global warming as we continue to lose our forest cover with trees being felled rapidly across our environment.
Tree planting therefore helps in keeping our environment healthy. So let’s contribute in the exercise.
According to the environmental protection agencies, planting trees is a must if we want to save our planet. Trees not only remove harmful chemicals from the soil, but also help reduce the greenhouses leading to global warming.
According to ClimateRally.Org,an average size tree creates sufficient oxygen in one year to provide oxygen for a family of four; planting trees in the right place around buildings and homes can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent;planting trees for the environment is good as they are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable; if we plant 20 million trees, the earth will get with 260 million more tons of oxygen; once acre of trees can remove up to 2.6 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide each year; during photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen; trees keep in check the air and water pollution; why planting trees is important is evident as they are the natural habitat of the animals and birds, as well as many endangered species; planting trees means more wood and paper products which can be easily recycled; and a newly planted whole forest, can change tonnes of atmospheric carbon into wood and other fibrous tissue, thus reducing global warming.
So let’s complement the efforts of ADWAC, GEF and KYDA.
“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.”