President Arif Alvi has said that the youth should play their dynamic role in ongoing massive Ten Billion Tree Tsunami campaign of the government and reverse the degenerating effects of the global warming and environmental pollution.
Speaking at a monsoon tree plantation drive ceremony held at the green area adjacent to Aiwan e Sadr on Saturday, he said the onus to keep the environment clean and green now vested with the young generations and expressed the confidence that they would carry this burden and secure the country’s future.
He stressed upon adoption of environment friendly habits at the country’s scenic and tourists’ spots by properly disposing trash and garbage.
On the occasion, the President along with Begum Samina Alvi also planted saplings of Chir pine (Pinus Roxburghii) under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami programme.
The ceremony was also attended by Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, Special Assistant to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, a large number of citizens and students.
Sharing his past experiences prior to becoming the president, he said that they had distributed 100,000 saplings among different households of Karachi, besides, they also gave away 100,000 seeds laden pencils among the younger students asking them to plant them in pots, so that plants could sprout out as part of their activities to create motivation.
The President also lauded efforts of the both ministers in spearheading the tree plantation drive.
Earlier, Special Assistant to PM Malik Amin Aslam briefed the President about the ongoing monsoon tree plantation drive under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami.
In order to support government’s tree plantation drive, students from various educational institutions volunteered to plant almost 10,000 saplings inside presidency’s premises to increase the forest cover of the country.