ACTION Africa Help International (AAH) has urged the newly elected civic leaders in the country to enforce tree planting at household level as a way of curbing devastating effects of climate change.
AAH Zambia country director Lameck Simwanza whose organisation aims at improving quality of life for livelihood-challenged communities in Africa, noted that it was incumbent on civic leaders to educate their communities and ensure that trees were planted at household level.
Mr. Simwanza said the planting of trees was another way of enhancing food security for communities since families could easily get relief from fruits.
“In most cases councillors are the ones that stay with the people in communities; we encourage them to talk to the people out there and agree on the methods they can use so that they enforce the planting of trees particularly fruit trees at every household level,’’ he said.
He said it was shocking that some homesteads in the country did not have even a single fruit tree like guava or mango.
“Trees, apart from offering shelter to animals and providing us with oxygen, are also the sources of medicine that saves our lives. We should continue planting them as they are used for food security, in treating various ailments and giving shelter to our animals,
“Remember it is the depletion of trees that is causing climate change which is now breeding droughts,” he said.