‘We depend fully on trees’: Kumar

06 Jun 2019 17:00pm
KARASBURG, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – The Head of Chancery of the Indian High Commission to Namibia, Vinay Kumar has urged the Karasburg community to put extra effort in reducing deforestation and to plant new trees.
Kumar was speaking at the commemoration here of World Environment Day held under the theme ‘Beat air pollution’ on Wednesday.
He said the purpose of tree plantation is to save the endangered environment and to beautify life, adding that trees are valuable gifts of nature.
“Trees are known as the best friends of human beings, they benefit us in various ways; we really depend on trees fully. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and give us oxygen, without which, no living being can live. Trees give us shade, medicine, food, fruits, furniture, fuel and other things,” said Kumar.
He added that trees also keep the weather cool, cause rainfall and also bind soil, which prevents erosion.
“We see how crucial trees are for evolution and the smooth running of all the life forms on the planet. They are indeed the powerhouse of evolution and it is our bounden duty to plant and preserve trees and forests as without them we cannot exist,” he stressed.
World Environment Day coincided with the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of renowned activist of peace and the environment, Mahatma Gandhi.
Kumar said the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi has given the world an opportunity to remind humanity of the efficacy of his messages.
“As Gandhi said, the world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed, and to be the change that you wish to see in the world,” he remarked.
In celebration of the anniversary, the High Commission of India in Namibia, along with the United Nations Development Programme, the Namibian Government and local partners, decided to plant trees in Namibia, including 150 at schools in Karasburg.
On Wednesday, five seedlings were planted at the Karasburg Primary School.