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With thousands of people and millions of acres of cropland adversely affected by this year’s ferocious monsoon, climate change is a harsh reality. Therefore, there is a drastic need to plant trees in all our cities. Yet the authorities, with Karachi being a prime example, appear set on wiping out green belts and cutting down trees to make way for billboards and other money generating developments.
Trees provide a necessary environmental balance without which the planet cannot survive. They fight atmospheric pollution, provide homes for birds, bees, insects and other life-forms and – this is of extreme importance – assist in regulating global and regional weather patterns which, without enough trees, run disastrously amok. Few people appear to realise that decimating tree populations in our cities carries a dreadful penalty: the cutting of even a single tree is a contributory factor to climate change.