The Catholic Bishops of Zambia have embarked on a tree planting exercise in all dioceses in Zambia to prevent deforestation.
Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) announced this 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.
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, its effects, like poor rainfall experienced in Zambia in the last two years, is due to excessive cutting of trees.
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.
The huge concern in Zambia at the moment is that if we continue cutting trees as we are doing now then the country will be a desert within five years. The cutting of trees and the export of charcoal to countries that have laws prohibiting the cutting of trees is a major concern.
What are we doing to our beautiful earth?