Masvingo Region National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS) were prompted that tree planting day should not be an event but rather a process which encompasses follow ups on the trees planted, with the purpose of motivating the nation to plant, care for, and conserve trees, as a way ensuring sustainability in the management and utilization of our forest resources.
Addressing the academic community, Masvingo Regional Chaplin Rev. Fr. Raymond Mahefu indicated that there is need for trees to be planted on the 30th of November 2019 at Alfred Walter Hostels – Mucheke in commemoration of the 2019 National Tree Planting Day to be an investment.
“Over the years we have participated in tree planting days, and few of us have made follow ups on the planted tress to see if they growing and nurturing well, which means it becomes duty’s sake rather than attaining the desired benefits for the community,” said Chaplin Fr. Mahefu.
A single tree can host many hundreds of species of fungi, moss, insects, plants and mammals, whilst trees reduce temperature by absorbing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere.
Rainwater is also captured by trees and reduces the risk of natural disaster like flooding and landslides as their root system filters removing pollutants and secures a timely absorption into the ground.Several key medicines and nurturing products are also from trees not only being limited to grasses and herbs.
The first Saturday of December each year is National Tree-Planting Day, declared in 1980 and has become an important part of Zimbabwe’s calendar on which the tree planting season is officially launched whilst the season starts at the onset of the rains and runs until the end of the season.
CYNESA Zimbabwe, Core Team Member.