Every child a Tree
For Every Child A Tree”Zimbabwe’s National Tree Planting day officially takes place on the first Saturday in December. Environment Africa has been involved in tree planting projects for many years and is proud to be launching “For Every Child A Tree”. This campaign is supported by the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe and is encouraging individuals, families, communities, business, organisations and schools to get children and youth involved and to plant trees. CEO of Environment Africa, Charlene Hewat believes ‘We are all children of the planet, imagine the impact we could have if each one of us planted a tree in our name’.
Deforestation is a major problem that requires major attention so that we do not leave our children and grandchildren living in a desert. Tobacco farming has compounded this problem as most new tobacco farmers use firewood to cure their tobacco. Unfortunately, they do not replant trees that have been cut down. Forest fires are also plaguing our environment and this in turn is making he situation even more dire. Previously dense forests, especially those that were populated by indigenous species, have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Environmentalists are despondent. Farming regions as well as peri-urban areas have for years suffered the bane of deforestation as a result of indiscriminate tree-cutting.
A combination of factors, mostly economic, have been blamed for the disappearance of Zimbabwe’s forested areas.
According to the Forestry Commission, Zimbabwe is losing up to 330 000 hectares of forested area each year.
Independent estimates put the loss of forests at more than 20 percent between 1990 and 2005.
Forestry Commission information and communications manager Violet Makoto told The Sunday Mail In-Depth that poor agricultural practices, especially in tobacco farming, were the main cause of the disappearance of the country’s forests
Environment Africa is also proud to announce Wayne Black as the ‘For Every Child A Tree’ Goodwill Ambassador. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Wayne is a well known tennis player, having won 2 Grand Slam men’s double titles with compatriot Kevin Ullyett and 2 Grand Slam mixed titles with his sister, Cara. Wayne has a passion for trees and runs an indigenous tree nursery called Pure Earth Trees. In his words, ‘We need to appreciate our environment and to understand how trees and bushes fit into the circle of life. The fauna they attract and sustain, not to mention animals and humans that benefit from them. Trees are a true wonder and miracle that surround us, sadly, many of us overlook this as we race through our every day lives”.
The Zimbabwe national Tree of the Year for 2012 was the beautiful Red Mahogany.
For Every Child A Tree is a national campaign, so get involved, make a difference, take up the action and plant trees.
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“The oldest living organisms on Earth are trees.
Nearly all forms of land-based life depend upon trees in
one way or another. Even the way we view the world,
owes so much to trees. People speak of having roots.
Our families are organised into trees and branches.
Businesses use seed capital to take root and spread out.
Trees are such a part of our everyday lives that sometimes
we hardly notice that they are there.
But we notice them when they are gone.”
Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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