Speaker Mutti initiates ‘plant a tree challenge’ to fight climate change


Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Nelly Mutti, has challenged parliamentarians and the nation at large to each plant a tree in a bid to fight the negative effects of climate change.

Mutti said the country needed every citizen’s collective effort to prevent possible future dry spells.

She gave these remarks during the launch of the ‘plant a tree challenge’ in Makeni at the Speaker’s residence on Monday.

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“It was very promising, we thought we are going to have a good crop but because of this drought we are not,” she said.

She stated that every citizen’s effort to plant a tree would contribute significantly to the fight against the negative effects of the current climate change.

“That is why I decided today to come and start that challenge. We are calling it ‘Speaker’s plant a tree challenge,” Mutti added.

She encouraged members of the public to avoid cutting trees for charcoal and advised them to seek alternative means that would replace charcoal.

“Now people are talking about blazers, they are using ethanol and other things to cook, so let’s go that way,” she advised.

Furthermore, Mutti said people who rely on charcoal as a source of income should also seek other opportunities that would not involve the cutting of trees.

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