Being environmentally friendly simply means making choices and having a lifestyle that is better for the environment. It’s all about taking small steps towards mother earth so as to make this planet a better place to live in. Another term that we use to mean the same thing is ‘sustainability’. Since we live in our environment, sustainability or being environmentally friendly is about improving the quality of life for our families, communities and generations to come. Living sustainably is a journey where every choice; little or big, makes a difference and ensure reduced or minimal harm upon the ecosystem or environment.

Why it’s Important to Become Environmentally Friendly

All of our environmental woes, everything fits together like a puzzle. The more that we all do our part the faster we will create an entire ecology of living organisms that promotes sustainability. The reasons include the following;

  • Saving our planet from the amount of waste thrown away each year which cannot decompose into the environment.
  • Saving animals from extinction; various breeds of animals and insects and all manner of living creatures are becoming threatened because of our habits which are harmful towards the environment.
  • Greener, environmentally friendly products are kinder to our health and ensure that mother earth is not harmed in any way.

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Veld fires have become one of Zimbabwe’s greatest environmental challenges for the past decade. In 2014, a total of 2 575 fire incidences were recorded country wide resulting in 1 653 822 hectares being burnt and 12 people dying in inferno.  In addition, commercial tree plantations, agricultural produce, agricultural equipment and livestock, worth US$240,275 were gutted down in the fire scourge.  All these veldt fires are concentrated in the dry season when the grass is dry.  We are faced with yet another dry period ahead that follows a rainy season that had heavy rain downpours which promoted the growth of tall grasses in most parts of the country.  As such, there is plenty of biomass; material that constitutes the fuel load for potentially violent veld fires.

In response to the fire scourge, the second week of May each year has been declared the National Fire Week as guided by the National fire strategy of 2006.  The events for the week are meant to raise awareness on the need to protect the environment from veld fires.  The National Fire Week is meant to be commemorated at every level; National, Provincial, District, Ward and Village.   Leaders at the various levels are therefore encouraged to take note and ensure the people they lead are sensitised on the need to prevent veld fires during this week. It is also crucial for farming communities to be knowledgeable of the preparations to be undertaken prior to the dry season and the 31st of July up to the onset of the rainy season when it is prohibited to start a fire outside residential or commercial premise.

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