By Lusekero Mhango
KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Karonga Diocese of the Catholic Church has urged students to embrace a culture of tree planting as one way of countering effects of climate change that Malawi is currently experiencing.
Bishop Secretary for the Karonga Diocese Father Joseph Sikwese made the call on Tuesday during the Diocese tree planting launch at Chaminadi Secondary School that has targeted nine schools under the Karonga and Mzuzu diocese with financial assistance from Nanguthina in Germany to the tune of 7 thousand euros.
In an interview after the launch Sikwese, said as students they have a role to play in as far as environment conservation is concerned because they are the leaders of tomorrow hence must adopt and embrace a culture of tree planting.
“We want to plant a spirit of taking care of the environment hence the initiative to target schools in our tree planting exercises as we know students are key in the reforestation and mitigation of climate change effects,” he said.
Adding that as the ecosystem has been destroyed therefore the intervention of the tree planting will go a long way in restoring it back.
Chaminadi Secondary School head teacher John Mtambo, thanked the diocese for targeting schools in the tree planting exercise and pledged to make sure that every tree that will be planted at the institution will be properly managed.
“It is a welcome development considering the challenged the country is facing as a result of prolonged dry spells in this rainy season hence I urge my pupils to take a leading role in environment conservation by embracing the tree planting spirit,” Mtambo explained.
In his part head boy at Chaminadi Blessings Mwanjala, said as students they have equally been affected in how the environment has been depleted therefore called upon fellow students to plant trees in a bid to reverse effects of climate change in order for them to have a bright future.
About 3200 tree seedlings will be planted in the nine selected schools under the Karonga and Mzuzu Diocese by March 2022.