CHITRAL, April 6: The friends of the earth plantation campaign 2012 was launched in Siwaktht village, Lotkoh, on Thursday with the plantation of 2,000 Russian olive (Shunjoor) plants by a team of volunteers and social activists. This campaign is a joint initiative of Shubinak, an eco-conscious lifestyle brand, and CHEPS (Chitral Heritage and Environmental Protection Society). The objective of the campaign is to not only educate the young generation about the environmental challenges and facilitate them to play their positive role but also to revive the indigenous varieties of forest plants which are more resilient and hold economic values for the local people. The young volunteers will join us with the cause to get the title of “Green Guards” and this drive ultimately will evolve into a nationwide campaign.
The green campaign has been welcomed by each and every citizen of Chitral. In this campaign, it has been realized that community members, especially the youth, are ready to extend support to any sort of plantation campaign if they are motivated. The forest department is also a major stakeholder in the plantation campaign but success ratio of such drives is comparatively weak. It is requested to government officials who want to grow deodar in Chitral that maturity of each deodar plant will be completed in hundreds of years.
Besides planting new deodar in Chitral, ruthless cutting of green forest under the garb of marking/grazing in our forest should be effectively controlled. Teachers, students, community activists and other volunteers are requested to participate in this plantation campaign when team “friends of the earth plantation campaign” arrive in their respective villages.” Indigenous plants of Chitral are at the point of extinction due to population growth and excessive fuel consumption in Chitral. If those indigenous plants are not revived through plantation, sources of fuel wood at village and community level will be extremely scarce. To get over this acute problem entire youth of Chitral are appealed to join “Friends of the earth plantation campaign” and grow more trees to realize the dream of clean and green Chitral. This campaign has been started on March 2, 2012, at govt higher secondary school Drosh and will be extended to far-flung areas of upper Chitral with the start of spring and plantation season in those areas.
It is also appealed to district govt, tourists, students and each class of society who are going to enjoy cultural and traditional events of Chitral like Qaqlasht event, Shandur Polo event etc to avoid spreading of bottles, plastics and other stuff in those areas. After close of the events those areas become heap of garbage and other pollutants and result serious environmental problems as well as affect wild life and natural beauty of the areas.
District govt is also requested to pass an order to event managers that spread of garbage and plastic bottles should be properly controlled and TMO office should make efforts to dispose off those pollutants at the earliest with the coordination of community members.–Abrar Ahmad