Nthumbi Primary School pupils in Ntcheu on Monday marched for 10 kilometres through villages surrounding the school to express concern over deforestation in Traditional Authority Champiti in the district.
The school’s Wild Life Club chairperson Henderson Magalasi said they decided to march after noting that communities continue to destroy the environment through wanton cutting down of trees for charcoal making.
“Government and non-governmental organisations [NGOs] are doing everything to raise awareness on the dangers of deforestation in our area, but things seem not to improve as people are not listening,” he said.
Magalasi said young people appreciate that human life depends on natural resources, hence, the deforestation will have a negative impact in future.
Group village head Champiti, who joined the march, commended the pupils for their initiative.
Two Million trees are expected to be planted in Ntcheu alone during the 2016/17 tree planting season in Malawi. n