The Biodiversity Action Journalists the Gambia (BAJ) on Saturday embarked on a massive tree planting exercise at Galloya community garden in Kombo North, West Coast Region.
The day-long activity was part of the organisation’s campaign to conserve the country’s forest cover.
During the exercise, seedlings such as cashew, mango and Gmalina were planted.
Speaking at the ceremony, Samba Jawo, the acting Executive Director of BAJ, said the world is experiencing climate change and that experts indicate that deforestation is one factor of climate change.
“As environmental journalists we should not limit ourselves to the four conners of the newsroom; we have to come out and show people that we are all together in the fight gainst global warming,” he noted.
Edrissa Baldeh, a volunteer, described the tree planting exercise as an obligation on all. “God said if a Muslim plants a tree and human or animals eat it, is an act of charity. So I see this exercise as a moral and religious duty. Also people have to plant trees for their sustainable development,” he remarked.
Momodou Bah, Alkalo of Galloya Village, expressed gratitude to the members of BAJ for taking a step in the fight against global warming. He thus called on his community to take great care of the planted trees.
Lamin Jallow, Administrative Cycle Head in Brikama, representing the Ministry of Forestry, thanked BAJ and the community of Galloya for their proactiveness towards the protection of the country’s forestry cover.
Jallow also enjoined villagers to protect the planted trees for its sustainability.
by Binta Jammeh