People urged to participate in plantation drive to save future generations

Amraiz khan

Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman has urged people to eagerly participate in plantation drive in order to save future generations from the adverse effects of the climate change. He said this while inaugurating spring tree plantation drive by planting a sapling at Governor House in Lahore on Friday. He stressed the need to enhance the forest cover in large urban centres in order to mitigate the adverse impacts of global warming.

The Governor said that numerous examples were found in the saying of Holy Prophet (SAWW) about the importance of trees as it is also strictly prohibited in Islam to cut plants even in the situation of war. While underlined the need for conserving soil and said that in this regards, trees could play vital role. “Being a method to maintain the fertility of the soil by protecting the soil from erosion and nutrient loss, the soil conservation is important because it is crucial for many aspects of the human life and non-living beings. For, it does provide food, filters air and water and helps to decompose biological waste into nutrients for new plant life,” he explained.

Soil conversation involves working to reduce contamination and depletion. Certain human activities can result in the erosion of soil, such as land being cleared for farming or timber’ governor reiterated.

“These globally-recognized and well-adopted practices can also affect the quality of the soil. One way to help increase quality is to rotate crops frequently or to add materials back into the soil”, he highlighted. On the other hand At least 50,000 saplings will be planted during the current tree plantation drive under the aegis of Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) for which a comprehensive mechanism has been chalked out.

FDA Director General Muhammad Asif, while inaugurating the plantation drive at Abdullah Gardens on Canal Road here Friday, said that the FDA would ensure maximum plantation in its control residential colonies while private housing societies have also been assigned targets.

Geo-tagging systems will also be followed for monitoring the plants, he added.