The Mulanje-based private media house – Mzati Radio and TV Station – has highlighted the need for Malawians to take personal responsibility for mitigating the negative effects of climate change.

Station spokesperson Mercy Madzi said every Malawian has contributed to the degradation of natural forests and therefore must be prepared to participate in national efforts to restore the environment.

Mzati Television journalist planting a tree

Madzi made the remarks to Phalombe this week when the media house led its community of associates in a tree planting exercise at Mvunguti Primary School in Phalombe.

Apparently, Mzati Media has mobilized its listeners and viewers in a tree-planting exercise to set an example for its subscribers.

“We have environmental programs that disseminate information about the value of tree planting and these programs are meant to mobilize people towards planting trees; however, that alone without us practically participating is not enough, hence this exercise,” Madzi said.

Mzati Television cameraman and associates help plant a tree

During the event, 10 journalists and cameramen from Mzati Radio and Television joined a group of associates from the Mzati community to plant 150 trees at the start of the planting which will continue throughout this year’s tree planting season.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Mzati Associates Community President Frank Mendulo said the group was aiming for a 90% survival rate of the trees planted.

“We have engaged the school management and the traditional leaders in the school’s watershed to help us protect these trees from harm so that a good percentage of them will survive,” Mendulo said.

Mvunguti Primary School Headmaster Innocent Zondiwe hailed the station for its interest in creating a safe environment for learners at the school.

Mzati Community Associates have been in existence since 2018 and among their interests are charity work and environmental replenishment.

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