A Stechford mosque partnered with Birmingham Trees for Life to plant over 1,000 trees in the city. The project, aimed at tackling climate change, also involved pupils from city school Alton Primary School.
On Wednesday, mosque leaders from the Dawat-e-Islami mosque, school pupils and representatives from the Birmingham Trees for Life came together to plant 1,500 trees at Batchelors Farm Park in Bordesley Green. Dawat-e-Islami mosques have planted over three million trees worldwide with over 70 centers across the UK. The trees were funded by the Birmingham Trees for Life, a tree planting charity.
Wasim Muhammed from the Dawat-e-Islami Mosque told BirminghamLive: “Recently the organization’s Welfare department FGRF announced a global project to start planting trees as this is one of the most effective ways to tackle climate change.
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“In Islam tree planting is encouraged as the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has said:” The Muslim who plants a tree or cultivates a crop, for every bird and human that eats from it, it will be considered charity on his behalf . “
Cabinet member for Transport and Environment for Birmingham City Council, Waseem Zaffar attended the event. He said: “We have some clear intentions as the local authority to improve the environment, and look at how we can create a carbon neutral city by 2030 and that includes increasing the tree canopy in every neighborhood.
“I am very pleased that Birmingham Trees for life who do some remarkable work in the city and have for so many years are working with Dawat-e-Islami which is an internationally recognized organization that does remarkable work all across the world.” he said.
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A spokesperson from Birmingham Trees for Life said: “We have been tree planting Birmingham for 16-years and next week we will be planting our 100,000th tree in the city.”
“We believe planting trees enables everyone to become part of the tree legacy in Birmingham. We must never take trees for granted, we must understand their value and celebrate them as much as we can.”
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