As a way of complimenting government efforts in reforestation and the mitigation of climate change effects, both students and members of staff from Malawi Assemblies of God University (MAGU) have planted about 300 trees at Nsaru Secondary School in Lilongwe.
Speaking during the exercise recently, lecture in environmental studies Edwin Msiska said as MAGU they do realize their responsibility in conserving and doing justice to the environment.
“It was very important for Malawi Assemblies of God to take part in environmental conservation as a response to president Chakwera’s plea that we should plant more trees and this is also part and parcel of sustainable development goals.
“The ecosystem has been destroyed; therefore with this intervention we are going to restore it,” he said
MAGU student Victor Mkandawire said as students they also have a role to play in as far as environmental conservation is concerned.
“As students we thought it is wise to take a leading role in environmental conservation, we need to do justice to our environment; so long we have done injustice, it is now time to stand and take an action because the environment play an important role in our day to day lives,” he said.
Added Mkandawire: “As students we are equally affected with how environment have been depleted, we are very sad with how the rainfall patterns have changed, all these are the results of cutting down of trees carelessly, now as concerned students, we need the environment to be rejuvenated the way it used to be in those days, we would really want to see the environment conserved.”
He therefore advised all the students in different colleges to also embrace the nature of planting trees.
Nsaru Secondary School Head Teacher Ireen Zimba thanked MAGU for taking part in this year’s tree planting exercise and pledged to make sure that trees they have planted are properly managed.
“It is a very welcome development considering that Malawi as a country is experiencing deforestation where by people carelessly cut down trees without replacement but when we see people coming forward with these interventions, it feels good.
“As a Head Teacher I am very happy and even the community is happy because this initiative is not only going to benefit Nsaru Secondary School but the entire community as well.
Zimba reaffirmed the commitment to set the ball rolling by planting more trees and also taking care of them.
President Lazarus Chakwera, apart from encouraging companies to take part in adopt a forest initiative, he also asked different stakeholders to be responsible in planting and taking care of the trees.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :