The Catholic Bishops of Zambia have embarked on tree planting exercise in all dioceses in Zambia to prevent deforestation.
Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) Assistant National Pastoral Coordinator Father Boniface Sakala announced this on behalf of the bishops at the launch of 2015/2016 Lusaka District tree planting exercise by the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental protection held at Cardinal Adam Memorial Hospital, Thursday, 22nd January, 2016.
And the Bishops have said it is not the duty of the Forestry department alone to make every effort to avert the most serious effects of environmental degradation caused by human carelessness.
The bishops also acknowledged that climate change is real, for its effects like poor rainfall experienced in Zambia in the last two years is due excessive cutting of tree.
They have said society must admit that in one way or the other, everyone has contributed to the situation by not taking good care of the environment.
Father Sakala also echoed Pope Francis’ concern for environmental protection.
And launching the tree planting exercise, Lusaka District Commissioner Captain Davises Mulenga appealed for care and protection of the planted trees.
“ It is a well-known fact that we are experiencing rapid disappearance of forests country and if this trend is not reversed we are bound to witness reduction in food production and the environment will be less habitable and temperatures escalate and that will impact climate negatively” He said.