“Uniting for a Greener Future”

… Driving Change Together for Environmental Harmony

By Francis Maingaila

Lusaka, Zambia24 (19-04-2024) – The Mupapa Environmental and Social Sustainability Initiative (MESSI) in Zambia has initiated a tree planting campaign to address the escalating impacts of climate change, such as erratic rainfall patterns.

This endeavor aims to mitigate the adverse effects by strategically planting trees to alleviate environmental challenges.

Kaillan Mitchell, Director of MESSI, underscores the significant benefits of tree planting and the transformative potential of regreening the mindset of the populace.

Mitchell highlights the importance of live trees, including fruit and indigenous varieties, in fostering biodiversity and maintaining ecological balance.

He emphasizes the crucial role of tree planting in promoting environmental and social sustainability, advocating for a holistic approach essential for lasting success.

Mitchell stresses the importance of not only revitalizing the environment but also shifting attitudes towards sustainability.

He acknowledges the vital role of trees in combating deforestation and preserving ecosystem integrity, promoting inclusivity by facilitating education and facilities to encourage broader participation.

He reiterates his organization’s commitment to fostering lasting change and acknowledges the significance of land stewardship for the long term.

Mitchell believes that tree planting not only enhances the natural environment but also instills a sense of responsibility and stewardship among communities.

He highlights how nurturing a culture of environmental consciousness can lead to sustainable practices and a healthier planet for future generations, envisioning a paradigm shift through MESSI’s initiatives where individuals actively participate in preserving the Earth’s ecosystems while reaping the tangible benefits of a greener world.

Kena Chibuye, Miss Earth International, elaborates on practical steps to maintain the Earth’s cleanliness and greenery, emphasizing the importance of preserving the planet through tree planting.

She advocates for proper waste management, stressing the need for appropriate disposal and recycling practices to reduce pollution, and highlights the significance of minimizing single-use plastics and other non-biodegradable materials.

Chibuye emphasizes collaboration and mutual support in environmental initiatives, encouraging people to work together towards the common goal of creating a healthier planet.

Additionally, she underscores the role of green spaces in promoting biodiversity and mitigating climate change, advocating for the preservation and expansion of parks, forests, and other natural habitats.

Muntanga Lindunda, CEO of the Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM), observes that many perceive manufacturers as solely extracting resources from nature without considering sustainability.

However, Lindunda clarifies that there is a growing movement towards sustainable manufacturing practices within the industry. ZAM advocates for sustainable manufacturing, emphasizing the importance of considering environmental impact throughout the production process.

Lindunda highlights examples of companies, like Mupapa, implementing initiatives to minimize waste, such as ensuring zero waste in wood usage for furniture production.

She stresses the importance of sustainability efforts extending to every sector, including mining, where comprehensive training on ESG practices is provided to promote responsible mining.

Dickson Lungu, head teacher at Munkolo secondary school, expresses gratitude for support in organizing a tree planting exercise to benefit the school environment.

Lungu highlights the importance of trees in mitigating the effects of drought, preserving the environment, and restoring environmental balance.

He calls upon teachers and stakeholders to participate in the tree planting exercise to improve the school’s environment and climate, expressing hope for government support in building a standalone secondary school on designated land.

Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) stakeholders relations lead Kabamba Phiri emphasizes the responsibility of the current generation in preserving the Earth for future generations.

Phiri stresses the importance of sustainability in all developmental endeavors to ensure the well-being of future generations, advocating for responsible environmental stewardship.

Ruth Chande, founder of The Mupapa Environmental Sustainability Institute (MESSI), initiates efforts to address environmental challenges in regions like San Cristobal de las Casas.

She focuses on enhancing household incomes, reducing reliance on wood charcoal, and promoting sustainable practices like reforestation and alternative fuel research.

Chande underscores MESSI’s commitment to community engagement and education, highlighting the urgent need for action and collective participation in creating a greener, more sustainable future.

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