ISLAMABAD - President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday urged the youth to play their dynamic role in the government’s ongoing massive Ten Billion Tree Tsunami campaign and reverse the degenerating effects of climate change.

Addressing a ceremony of monsoon tree plantation drive held here at the green area adjacent to Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said the onus to keep the environment clean and green now vested with the young generations and expressed the confidence that they would carry this burden and secure the country’s future.

He stressed upon adoption of environment friendly habits at the country’s scenic and tourists’ spots by properly disposing trash and garbage.

On the occasion, the president along with Begum Samina Alvi also planted saplings of 

pine (Pinus Roxburghii) under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami programme. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, Special Assistant to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, a large number of citizens and young students also attended the ceremony.

The president observed that young generations had to play real role in the tree plantation drive as it had always been the young people that changed future course of different nations.

Sharing his past experiences prior to becoming the president, he said that they had distributed 100,000 saplings among different households of Karachi, besides, they also gave away 100,000 seeds laden pencils among the younger students asking them to plant them in pots, so that plants could sprout out as part of their activities to create motivation.

The president noted that human footprints had proved heavy on nature as the indiscriminate use of pesticides and insecticides had already eliminated a large number of insects which played vital role in the pollination process.

He also lauded efforts of both ministers in spearheading the tree plantation drive.

The president said the government’s efforts and strategy over Covid-19 and tree plantation drive had proved very successful and acknowledged by the world.

He also underlined the need of keeping tourists spots in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan clean and green as recently, these places had attracted millions of tourists.

Earlier, SAPM Malik Amin Aslam briefed the president about the ongoing monsoon tree plantation drive under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami.

He said that about 500 million saplings would be planted across Pakistan as a target set for monsoon plantation under 10BTT.

In order to support government’s tree plantation drive, students from various educational institutions volunteered to plant almost 10,000 saplings inside presidency’s premises to increase the forest cover of the country.