Zartaj Gul, the Minister of State for Climate Change, said the government plans to reward students who plant at least 20 trees with an extra 20 marks. Parliament is considering legislation in this regard, which would involve youth in the plantation project. Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the importance of youth involvement in the fight against climate change.
Imran Khan emphasized about climate change to an audience of green financing innovators the need for reaching a one billion tree plantation goal in order to protect the nation’s environmental future. According to him, it is imperative to establish national parks and plant trees in order to protect the environment for future generations. He recommended emulating China’s methods as the best option to create more urban forests.
Teen activist, Greta Thunberg, from Sweden was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019 for her efforts to address the global climate crisis. In August 2018, the 16 year old Thunberg started an environmental campaign which eventually turned into a global movement. In 16 months, Thunberg has gone from camping out in front of the Swedish Parliament to meeting heads of states.