By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU
Ramiro, Bugesera District – As Rwanda launches its ambitious campaign to plant 63 million trees across the country, citizens are coming together to contribute to the conservation of the environment. The initiative, which started on 28th October 2023, aims not only to grow forests but also to ensure the well-being of communities. Under the theme “Healthy Forests, Healthy Planet,” each citizen, regardless of their ability, is requested to plant at least three trees in their home yards.
One inspiring figure in this campaign is Damien Habarurema, a resident of Ramiro. Despite having only one leg, Habarurema has joined his fellow citizens in planting trees, spreading joy and motivation among the community. He emphasizes the importance of including people with disabilities in development programs, as they too can make valuable contributions to society.
“Having one leg and being among those who have two legs planting trees brings me joy,” says Habarurema. “People with disabilities should also participate in development programs. Currently, the avocado tree I am planting will benefit my family in the future.”
Habarurema’s determination and positive outlook serve as an inspiration to others. He highlights the wider benefits of the tree-planting campaign, stating that the trees being planted aid in combating wind erosion and provide fresh air for everyone to breathe.
“It is crucial to recognize the significance of everything,” Habarurema adds.
By actively involving everyone in environmental conservation efforts, the country is fostering a sense of unity and shared responsibility.
Furthermore, this campaign aligns with Rwanda’s broader efforts to combat climate change and protect its natural resources.
The planting of 63 million trees will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, and preserving biodiversity.
With the Forests Planting season in full swing, Rwanda is well on its way to plant more trees as part of its greening programs.
Planting trees is not limited to any particular stage of life, be it adulthood or childhood. It is a responsibility that we all share as individuals and as a society.
Whether we are young or old, taking part in tree planting initiatives can have a lasting impact on the environment and future generations. By actively participating in tree planting activities, we can contribute to a healthier planet and create a greener future for all. So, let’s come together, regardless of our age, physical ability and make a difference by planting trees and nurturing the natural world around us.