Mchokadala Learners Charged to Conserve Environment
Learners in Neno district have been advised to embrace the culture of preserving both natural and manmade forests to minimize natural disasters.
Neno District Forestry Officer, Benedect Masauli, told the children on Thursday that disasters such as recent cyclones and tropical storms are a result of human activities that have damaged the environment.
"It must be noted that these natural disasters are now man made since we have carelessly cut down trees; thereby, giving strong winds and running waters an easy way to destroy us," said Masauli.
Group Village Headman Nyakoko emphasized the need to teach children environmental conservation.
Neno District Youth Officer, Hope Mwafulirwa, commended Neno Active Youth for Development (NAYD), saying youth clubs must be exemplary in restoring the environment.
"Neno was a rain haven due to its vast forests but now we are experiencing erratic rainfall which is worrisome; hence, a need for youth to take a leading role", said Mwafulirwa.
Learners at Mchokadala primary school in the district planted over 500 trees around their school with support from NAYD.
Neno is losing much of its trees to illegal charcoal business and timber which mostly flocks to the city of Blantyre.