NGO out to address climate change

A non-governmental organisation has embarked on a tree planting spree in a bid to address deforestation in Monduli District.

The move seeks to improve habitat quality and living conditions for residents of Arkatan Village in Monduli District.

Good Deeds Foundation (GDF) Executive Chairman, Wilson Lukumay said here recently that the organisation has handed over more than a thousand trees in replenishing areas that have been hit hard by climate change in the district.

“We are very much focused on preserving the environment, mindful of the effects of climate change,” said Mr Lukumay.

According to the GDF boss, the move also seeks to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air.

“We cannot be complaining of dire shortage of rainfall when we’ve cut down our trees,” he explained.

Mr Lukumay said the donated trees will greatly reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves.

It is estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C.

For his part an Arkatan villager Loti Lungidu, who experienced climate change pangs first hand, commended the NGO for coming to their rescue.

He, however, challenged fellow villagers not to wait for well-wishers support, but take matters into their own hands.

“Everything is possible, if we work together, the natural vegetation will return. I advise my fellow citizens not to wait until organisations like the Good Deeds Foundation to bring us trees,” said Mr Lungidu.

Apart from giving oxygen to breathe, trees also reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding.

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