The Zimbabwe National Tree Planting Day which falls on the first Saturday of every December is a crucial event that raises awareness and action for the protection and restoration of the environment. Planting trees helps to sequester carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. Trees also provide habitat for wildlife, which is essential for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. Planting trees also helps to filter and purify water, and reduce soil erosion. By participating in a national tree planting day, individuals can make a meaningful contribution to preserving the planet for future generations.
This year WCA in partnership with EMA, ZNCWC, EMA, My Trees, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Development and Vocational Training and the Forestry commission organised tree planting events with schools.
100 tree seedlings were donated to nine schools in the Nyaminyami district and the schools were selected based on their access to water, which is an important consideration for tree growth. 60 trees were donated and planted at Tichakunda Primary and Secondary Schools in Harare.
On the day; students learned about the importance of trees and how to properly care for them. They were also excited to play a role in making their community greener. At WCA we believe in the importance of engaging young people in environmental initiatives like this because it teaches them the value of conservation. It also instills in them a sense of responsibility and stewardship for the environment. As the next generation, they will be responsible for continuing the work that is being done now. By involving them in projects like this, we can ensure that they have the skills and knowledge to continue making a positive impact on the world around them.
Through education, collaboration, and action, we can all make a difference in protecting our planet. With a little effort, we can create a more sustainable future for everyone.