First Lady Madam Esther Lungu has called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders in dealing with issues that pose a threat to environmental degradation.
The First Lady said this during a Programme for Special Women’s Day Celebrations organized by the University of Zambia (UNZA) women under the theme: “The role of women in environment protection: towards a clean and green environment”.
Mrs. Lungu emphasized that protecting the environment should be a priority for all citizens and not left to authorities alone.
She said this is the more reason why His Excellency President Edgar Lungu declared that every last Saturday of the month should be dedicated to cleaning the surrounding as a way of preserving the environment.
Mrs. Lungu further emphasized the need for all citizens to play a role in saving the environment due to its impact on climate change.
Speaking earlier, Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo said there is need to for Zambians to reflect and take a leading role in preserving the environment and change attitude.
Professor Luo said there is further need for Zambians to stop the mentality of always looking to government in safeguarding the environment.
And Rwandan High Commissioner to Zambia Her Excellency Monique Mukaruliza highlighted the role women in her country have played in keeping the environment clean and green.
Ms Mukaruliza, who is also former Kigali Mayor, said the first steps that were taken to keep the environment green was to sensitize people on the benefits of having clean environments in homes, schools, work place and other places.
She highlighted that every last Saturday of the month, communities come together and clean the surrounding saying this has really helped in keeping the environment green and clean in Rwanda.
Speaking earlier, Member of Parliamentary Committee of Land and Environment Miriam Choonya said keeping the environment green is not the responsibility of the government alone noting the need for women to play a role in preserving the environment.
And in her welcoming remarks, UNZA Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Enala Mwase said one of the core values of UNZA is to look at environment in an ecofriendly manner.