Promoting tree plantation in institutions
Global warming, It is a phenomenon that is impacting each and every one of our lives. By definition, global warming is a result of increased carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases and other air pollutants in the atmosphere which absorb the sunlight and bounce back to the earth's surface.
Bangladesh is among those countries which are prone to the risk of being heavily impacted by global warming. Natural disasters like floods, flash floods, tsunamis, heavy storms, extreme heat, etc. are caused by global warming, and unfortunately every year Bangladesh has to suffer immensely because of the natural disasters, primarily flood and drought. As per national statistics, 80% of total area of the country is at the risk of heavy flooding. Large amount of crops are destroyed each year due to severe flood, untimely rain, and droughts. People, particularly living in the rural areas, severely struggle as a result of loss of homes, lands and crops.
All these are consequential from cutting down of natural forestation in the motion of urbanization. New buildings, industries, and infrastructural developments are taking place at the cost of Mother Nature. Thus, there is an overall environmental imbalance. For the betterment of the environment, at least 30% of total land should be forest area, which is not the scenario in Bangladesh.
Keeping the adverse effect of global warming and climate change in mind, initiatives are being planned and executed to combat the deteriorating situation. Amidst many actions, promoting tree plantations at micro and macro level has become a trend during recent times. People do realize that cutting down trees for making urban jungles are only bringing them more harm. Therefore, to bring a harmony in the environment, tree planation has been playing a vital role.
It is a mentionable achievement that a total of 16 lakh saplings of diverse varieties worth over Taka 11 crore approximately were sold at the month-long National Tree Plantation Campaign and Fair-2019. Besides the reinforcement and encouragement by the government, nature and plant lovers have joined the movement and are actively working in tree plantation programmes. Along with planting trees, they are also creating awareness among people, especially the youth, about the grave effect of climate change and the importance of tree plantation.
The youth community is playing an impressive role in this regard. Large scale tree plantation programmes are held at schools and other educational institutions. The children in schools are taught about global warming and inspired to take part in tree plantation events. Young kindergarten and middle school children plant trees in their respective schools, provided that they have the space and facility to conduct such activity, and then reap fresh produces from them. This induces the sensation of contentment in growing and having home-grown food. Through these types of programmes and events the business organizations are also meeting their corporate social responsibility (CSR). Even though most of the educational institutions in the metropolitan cities are shackled in buildings, they are still promoting tree plantation by making the students plant indoor plants, cactuses, climbers, etc which does not always require sunlight and a lot of water.
It is highly essential that today's children and youth involve themselves in initiatives and dynamism of protecting their neighborhood, their city, their country and their world because it is them who are expected to live on this planet in the next many years. If they are not being active to bring a change and repair the damage that has been done over the years, they will be subject to tremendous destruction, the thought of which gives goose bumps to all of us. Hence, let us all encourage the well spirited and dynamic youth to plant more trees and protect the environment from pollution and other toxicity for a better earth to live in.
Fahmida Mehreen is a young aspiring writer.