By Franco Mwachande Jnr
Rotary club of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar has urged leaners at Machentche LEA school in T/A Chiseka, Lilongwe to plant trees to conserve the environment.
Rotarian's president Naomi Kayanula made the call on Saturday at the School during the tree planting exercise of 3000 tree seedlings.
She said: “Trees sustain our lives through rains, oxygen, soil stabilisation, shelter for wildlife, food and they also provide building materials.
“Therefore, it is imperative for teachers, learners and parents to grow as many trees as possible. Above all, we have to take care of the environment to avoid prolonged dry spells.”
The Rotary club planted the trees with financial support from FDH Bank.
In his remarks, FDH senior manager, Corporate and Institution Banking Damiano Chimwala said they believe in the potential of young people in as far as environmental conservation is concerned hence support the initiative.
“You are aware that our environment has been degraded and it is time to heal it,” Chimwala said.
The schools head teacher Eston Kachora assured the club that his students will protect the trees being planted.
"Involving learners is the way to go because they will be ambassadors of climate justice and our pupils will take care all the tree seedlings planted so that they can survive, he said.
One of the students, Agnes Maonja commended the Rotarians for instilling the spirit of caring for the environment and added that as learners they are ready to take care of the environment to reduce the impact of climate change.