Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Harry Kalaba says the church has a major role to play in contributing to environmental sustainability in the country.
Mr. Kalaba said in a speech read by his Deputy Danny Chingimbu in Chilanga today that the church was an important partner to government not only in promoting good environmental practices such as tree planting but also in contributing to the country’s economic growth.
He said this at the launch of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) tree planting ceremony.
He commended the church for the initiative to launch a tree planting programme that will spread to all UCZ churches under Lusaka Presbytery.
Mr. Kalaba further said the move by the UCZ church was in line with government’s wish of getting everyone’s involvement in tree planting.
The minister also called on other churches in Zambia to get involved in tree planting activities in order to promote environmental sustainability.
At the same occasion, Lusaka Presbytery Bishop Mwape Chomba said the UCZ resolved to venture into tree planting after some of its members underwent training in climate change three years ago.
Bishop Chomba said the launch of the tree planting exercise will culminate into the extension of tree planting activities to other UCZ churches because of the church’s commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change.