#Editorial

Let’s plant more trees this summer!

Jun 10, 2020, 11:53 AM

Farmers in the country are busy on their farms making last minute touches, as the country braces up for this year’s summer season. Unconfirmed reports have it that the country received its first rainfall in Basse on Monday.

Though, it wasn’t a heavy one, it is indicative that we are already in the summer season.

Now that we are entering the wet season, it is incumbent on all to play a significant role towards the preservation of our environment. We owe it to the future of children to make our environment safe and a better place for all. And this is fundamental because now is the most ideal time to make a plan.

The Gambia like most Sahelian countries which lies within the sub-tropical savanna is experiencing climate variances due to climate change. As a result, these countries are prone to desertification.

We cannot just look back and see our arable land being encroached upon by desertification on daily basis. Let’s start today by nurturing and planting more trees to combat desertification.

Remember it’s a moral duty upon on everyone to make it a point of duty to at least plant a single tree in life. If every Gambia plants a tree this summer, it would go a great deal in regenerating the country’s forest cover.

Meanwhile, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has sounded the alarm. In its recent annual rainfall forecast, it announced that the annual rainfall in The Gambia will very likely be above normal for the entire period of July to September, based on the evolution of the Sea Surface Temperatures over the North and South Tropical Atlantic Ocean and Central Equatorial Pacific Ocean.

It also added that most places in the country are, therefore, predicted to experience above normal annual rainfall with the highest amount above 1000mm expected in the western sector of the country (WCR, NBR and GBA).

Experts believe that planting billions and billions of trees could be the biggest and cheapest way to stop the earth from overheating because of humanity’s addiction to burning fossil fuels. Therefore, we must launch a multi-pronged offensive to beat climate change. And tree planting can be one of these prongs.

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago"

Warren Buffett

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