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BGMEA launches week-long tree plantation program


BGMEA launches week-long tree plantation program

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has launched a week-long campaign to create social awareness among mass people about the importance of tree plantations in protecting the environment. Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Atiqul Islam inaugurated the program at BGMEA Complex in the city's Uttara on Monday (Jul 10). BGMEA President Faruque Hassan presided over the campaign launching event. Directors of BGMEA, chairman, co-chairmen of different standing committees of BGMEA and members of BGMEA were present on the occasion, said a press release.

While addressing the opening ceremony as the chief guest, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said trees benefit people in many ways. "Just as trees provide oxygen for humans, they also play an important role in protecting the environment by absorbing carbon that is harmful to the environment."

He urged everyone to plant trees not only in Dhaka, but also across the country. Besides planting trees, he asked everyone to take care of the trees. The Mayor also thanked the BGMEA for taking a timely initiative like the tree plantation program.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said, "We all know that Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Bangladesh ranks seventh on this list. However, Bangladesh ranks fifth in the world in terms of economic losses due to climate change-related disasters."

The BGMEA has undertaken a week-long tree plantation program to create social awareness and inspire people to plant trees in order to protect the environment.

Faruque said BGMEA's campaign aims to encourage members to plant trees regularly, extending this practice at home and everywhere. He also called upon the members of BGMEA, BKMEA, BTMA and other trade organizations and all public and private organizations to observe this program and plant trees.

Under this program, five lakh saplings will be planted in Dhaka, Chattogram, Narayanganj and surrounding areas this year and another 5 lakh more trees across the country next year.

"We can plant trees on special occasions like birthday, child's birthday, child's first school day, wedding anniversaries, in the name of famous people, and name of each family member," Faruque added.

BGMEA member factories are requested to collect saplings from BGMEA at free of cost to plant them on their premises.

Different companies have donated saplings and made financial contributions to support the campaign. Snowtex Group, Team Group, Youngone, British American Tobacco, SGS Bangladesh Limited, Otto International (HK) Ltd., JUKI Bangladesh Ltd., and ZXY Apparel Buying Solutions Ltd are among them.

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