Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that the biggest charitable act a person can do now, when the whole world is ravaged by the effects of climate change, is to plant a tree.
His remarks came at a ceremony following the biggest tree plantation drive undertaken by the government, which aimed to plant 3.5 million saplings across the country in a day.
The prime minister said that Pakistan is among the top ten countries most adversely affected by climate change.
"It is our collective responsibility to try our best to make Pakistan a green country for the future of our children. These 3.5 million trees are only the beginning; this will be a constant effort," said the premier.
"These small children I see standing here today, we must do this for their future," he urged everyone.
"When a country resolves to right the wrongs done on God's green Earth, the biggest act of charity you can do is to plant a tree," he said.
Over a million volunteers of the Prime Minister's Tiger Force planted trees as part of Ten Billion Tree Tsunami initiative, marking “Tiger Force Day” as earlier announced by the prime minister.
He thanked everyone who participated in the drive. "This will be a long war against [climate change]," he said, adding: "We must first make Pakistan green by growing trees."
The premier said we "must not leave any space empty without trees there" and that he had communicated the same to all the chief secretaries of the provinces.
He also urged the nation to not stop at planting trees, and also exhibit the same spirit to keep the country's seas and rivers clean.
PM Imran, while lauding the enthusiasm displayed by the Tiger Force throughout the campaign, also appreciated their efforts to spread awareness regarding coronavirus throughout the country.