KHAR -- Bajaur residents on Wednesday (August 18) joined fellow citizens from across the country and participated in "Plant for Pakistan Day", a campaign aimed at battling the effects of climate change.
Planting as many trees as possible is the only way to stop the impact of climate change, Deputy Commissioner Bajaur Usman Mehsud said during a ceremony inaugurating the event on August 18.
"By planting trees, we can make our district and country greener and safer," he said. "We will not face water shortages and will have a better life in the future if we plant more trees."
"Pakistan is among the top 10 countries affected by climate change," said Hayat Ali, a divisional forest officer in Bajaur District.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Forest Department will distribute and plant 150,000 trees during this campaign, he added.
Islam encourages Muslims to plant more trees and planting a tree is a form of charity, said Mufti Noor Ul Haq, a religious scholar from Bajaur.
Such environmental activities have become possible only after the defeat of militancy and the establishment of peace in the tribal areas, say residents and officials.