A nationwide campaign began Wednesday for planting 30 lakh trees in memory of the Liberation War martyrs.
The campaign was inaugurated by prime minister Sheikh Hasina for implementation by 86,000 schools, colleges and teachers’ training institutes.
The campaign kicked off in the capital as part of World Environment Day celebrations.
On June 5, World Environment Day was celebrated worldwide.
Hasina urged people to use jute bags by discarding polythene bags.
She also inaugurated a month-long environment and tree fair at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
Hasina said that increasing the tree coverage was crucial for the maintenance of ecological balance, biodiversity conservation and the very survival of the nation.
She reminded everyone that environmental protection was a constitutional responsibility.
She requested people to plant at least three saplings in their villages, court yards and balconies.
She said that they could be fruit bearing or herbal trees.
She said a group of greedy businesses closed the mouths of 200 canals for shrimp culture blocking freshwater flows into the Ghashiakhali channel crossing through the Sunderbans.
As a result, she said, the Shalna River became the lone riverine route to the Mongla Port, endangering the rich biodiversity of the Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.
The government has been dredging the channels to restore freshwater flows into the Sunderbans, she said.
She distributed crests, certificates and prize money among the 25 winners of National Environmental Award and Prime Minister’s National Award for Tree Plantation 2017, three winners of Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation 2018 and cheques to seven beneficiaries of social forestry.
The event was addressed by environment, forests and climate change minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, deputy minister Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, chairman of parliamentary standing committee for the ministry of environment, forests and climate change Hasan Mahmud, MP, and ministry secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury.
Later, Hasina, with the guests went round plants on display at the tree fair at Agargaon.
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