ISLAMABAD, Aug 09, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the country’s largest tree plantation campaign with the aim of planting 3.5 million saplings in the country in a single day. He also urged women to participate in tree plantation campaign.
Addressing a ceremony the premier stated that Pakistan was among the top ten countries most affected by climate change. “Our wheat production has fallen over the past two years due to climate change and unprecedented rainfall.”
If we keep continuing on this path, then some of the areas will become deserts, he said. “It is our responsibility to make the country green for future generations,” he added.
“The 3.5 million saplings that we have planted in a day is just the start. This is a constant, ongoing battle, we are not doing this for us. We are doing it for the coming generations,” he said. “This is just the beginning. This is a long battle, but thankfully we have started the process,” he said, vowing that trees would be planted in “empty spaces” in cities.
In a tweet , the premier had asked members of parliament, the chief ministers of all the provinces and volunteers from the Corona Relief Tiger Force to participate in the plantation drive, which is being carried out on Tiger Force Day. The target is 35 lakh trees in a day though we will try to exceed it, the premier had said.
Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Azerbaijan Ambassador Ali Alizada and Turkish Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yurdaku also participated in the drive by planting saplings at their respective embassies.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar launched the plantation drive in the province by planting a sapling at an artificial forest at Shadman Market in Lahore.
The chief minister said that the PTI government was committed to completing the target of planting ten billion trees in the country by 2023.
He said that Pakistan is facing the challenge of climate change as well as the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, timely steps are needed to provide a healthy environment to the people, the report quoted him as saying.
He added that the provincial government had organised 520 ceremonies in different cities and towns to mark Tiger Force Day.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan also inaugurated the campaign in the province by planting a sapling in Peshawar.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the target was to plant two million trees in the province. He added that participating in the campaign was not new for the people of the province. “In the past five years, we have planted 1.2 billion saplings,” he concluded.