Climate education creates planet guardians
When Prakash was 14, he participated in a World Vision climate education program supported by World Vision donors and gift buyers. He learnt about the importance of trees and was given three saplings to grow. Now Prakash is 19, and the three saplings have become full grown trees, alongside an abundance of other trees which supply the community with shade and fresh fruit.
“We learnt that we should be guardians of trees and plant more [trees],” he said. “I realised how cutting down trees leads to an imbalance in the ecosystem, which leads to drought, food security issues, environmental change, pollution and a lack of water.”
Now Prakash is 19, and the three saplings have become full grown trees, alongside pomegranate, lemons, cotton and other trees, which provide the community with shade and fresh fruit.
Prakash’s garden is one of the lushest and greenest areas in a town now ravaged by excessive deforestation. The surrounding area, once full of greenery and water catchment areas is largely barren due to the chopping of trees.
Through the generosity of World Vision supporters, Prakash and his community are learning to protect the land. “Our household no longer cuts trees for firewood because World Vision gave us a biogas unit,” he explained.
Cow dung is used to run the unit, which fuels the kitchen stove. There is no emission of smoke and the biogas waste can be turned into a natural fertiliser to improve soil quality. “The money we spend on purchasing chemical fertilisers has reduced because we are producing our own [fertiliser].”