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Zimbabwe: Youth hold tree planting with learners- seeks to uphold climate action

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By Environmental Reporter

Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE) on Friday held tree planting with learners at Seke 3 High School in Chitungwiza in the quest to address climate change effects through mitigation actions.

Speaking to Spotlight Online News Africa Dianna Tapedzanyika Spokesperson of Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE) said the purpose of the event was aimed at inculcating school learners with knowledge of environment particularly addressing climate change effects.

“As young people in environmental issues particularly climate change we have seen it feet to engage learners in climate change awareness through tree planting so that they understand the role they play in fighting the current effects of climate change.”

“Traditionally trees are planted on the first Saturday of December annually but we have decided to do it in January so that it becomes a culture.”

Nyasha Dzimurai Junior Parlimentarian for Chitungwiza expressed her positive sentiments on the importance of trees to human beings saying they play a vital role in the entire globe.

“We aim to make a change in our community through tree planting and we believe its vital for us and the entire globe. We believe that they are relevant in addressing the current effects of global warming and in our own country we think young people have a chance to save the community through tree planting programmes.”

Lauretta Marembo a young environmentalist says Climate Change is a topical issue and all the youth have a duty to play in preparing for their future through actions which help fight climate change effects.

“Climate change is a topical issue around the globe and engaging learners at a tender age helps them to respond positively in joining climate action through participation, this help create a different in the reduction of caborn emissions.”

Tinashe Dhlakama another youth in Climate Action said leaner engagement in tree planting resonates with global targets where 2020-2030 is considered the period of climate action.

“2020-2030 is defined as the period of climate action globally and we applaud the learners for engaging this noble course through tree planting as we join the entire world in fighting climate change through mitigation and adaptation.

It is scientifically proven that tree leaves plays a huge role in reducing carbon emissions in the artmosphere through respiration processes. This is relevant in addressing the current worrying some global warming.

Tendai Guvamombe