Division Manager of the South West Education Division Henry Gwede: "The planting is just the first stop. These trees have to taken care of. They [planters] have to clear the bus around the trees and water them when rains do not come".
Musicans Union of Malawi (Mum) Southern Chapter chairperson Papa Mtume: "The vice has culminated in climate change, soil erosion and floods. As artists, we devised a way to reduce the impact of climate change by planting 1 000 trees. The trees might not benefit us but future generations".
"About 100 artists will take part in the exercise."
President Peter Mutharika: "This [to improve provision of forest goods and services to contribute towards sustainable development of Malawi] will be done through protection and conservation of forest resources. It also provides guidance to all stakeholders in the provision of forest services as well as implementation of interventions that will promote sustainable forest management in the country".
Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) board chairperson Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe: "Most of the rivers that are tributaries of the Shire River have been affected by environmental degradation as people in these areas are cultivating and practising irrigation farming in the rivers´ catchment areas, a situation that contributes to siltation and accumulation of debris".
"[...] the energy regulatory body [...] wants to take a leading role in managing the environment along the Shire River".
Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka: "We need more trees in order to protect and restore our environment. If we speak alone as a ministry, nothing will happen. But if citizens have embraced the idea and are running with it, the programme will succeed".
"District commissioner Smart Gwedemula said the district continues to face water challenges for both domestic and agricultural uses due to environmental degradation. [...] tree planting and conservation is the only sustainable intervention to sustainable water availability and access".