Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: Green Day was celebrated at the University of Chitral during which 3,000 saplings were distributed among the students free of cost that included 2,000 fruit and 1,000 wild plants.
In this connection, a function was held at the university in which Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zahir Shah was the chief guest and Assistant Commissioner Dr. Muhammad Atif Jalib chired the event.
The vice chancellor said plants are not only essential for human survival but also fulfill all the needs of life from human being to animals. He urged the participants to plant as many trees as possible to avoid the negative effects of climate change.
Divisional Forest Officer Asif Ali Shah also highlighted the importance of plants and trees. He said natural disasters cannot be prevented until we control the lack of forests. These trees and plants not only provide us fresh oxygen but also act as natural check dams to reduce speed of flash flood.
Director Admin Professor Dr. Muhammad Nadeem urged stakeholders, especially students, to create awareness among people about the importance of forests.
Later, the participants including the vice chancellor planted saplings in the lawn of the university.
Talking to Chitral today correspondent, the vice chancellor said that after the disastrous flood of last year it was recognized on international level that the whole world was witnessing the negative effects of climate change.