Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the countrymen to plant more trees and take care of those to reap benefits and avoid the adverse impact of climate change.

“Today I planted saplings and urge all of you to plant trees wherever you have available land. It would be best if there is possibility to plant three saplings — one for timber, one fruit bearing and one herbal. Otherwise, try planting at least one sapling,” she said.

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The premier made this call while inaugurating the “National Tree Plantation Campaign-2021” at her official residence Gono Bhaban, as World Environment Day is being observed today in the country along with across the globe.

“We’ll have to protect the environment as this is our country. If we want to defend the country from the adverse impacts of climate change, we’ll have to promote greenery further in this ‘green Bengal’,” she said.

Earlier, the prime minister kicked off the National Tree Plantation Campaign-2021 by planting saplings at Gono Bhaban.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar, Secretary of the ministry Ziaul Hasan and Prime Minister’s Secretary Md Nazrul Islam were present there, Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary KM Shakhawat Moon told BSS.

This year, the National Tree Plantation Campaign is being celebrated with the theme “Mujibborshe Angikar Kori, Sonar Bangla Sabuj Kori”, aiming to inspire people from all walks of life to fill Bangladesh with greenery in the “Mujib Year”.

The World Environment Day is being observed across the world this year with the theme “Ecosystem Restoration” adopted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

On the occasion, the government expects that people of the country, especially youths, would play a leading role in conserving the ecosystem and biodiversity.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has undertaken various programmes through the Department of Environment (DoE) and the Forest Department to create awareness among the masses in this regard.

The DoE has taken steps to publish supplements in the national dailies on this day.

Banners and festoons have also been installed in the city’s important places, installations and roads for encouraging people to plant saplings aiming to protect the environment.

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