HE Ambassador Berna Kasnakli Versteden Plants the Lungs of the Planet
On Friday 1 December Her Excellency Berna Kasnakli Versteden the Turkish ambassador to Zimbabwe planted some trees at Ellis Robins High School in Mabelreign Harare.
She planted the trees on the same day that Zimbabwe has marked as the National Tree Planting Day.
In her speech she said, “A month ago, on October 29, we celebrated the centennial anniversary of the Republic of Türkiye with pride and joy in Türkiye and all around the world.
“To mark this special occasion we have planned special activities. One of them is to plant 100 trees.”
“Trees are the lungs of our planet, purifying the air we breathe and providing a haven for countless species.”
To emphasize the strong friendship between Turkiye and Zimbabwe. They decided to strengthen it by having the event on this national day.
“Trees connect us with the earth beneath our feet and the sky above our heads. And in between we try to create friendship and cooperation. That is how I see our mission as the Turkish Embassy in Harare.”
“On 11 November at 2023 places in all 81 cities of my country trees were planted under the motto “ breath to the future, breath to the Republic”, she added in her speech.
“Today is a special day as we gather here to celebrate not just the beauty of nature but our commitment to preserving and enhancing it. As we speak, an important meeting is taking place in Dubai, COP28 on climate change, sustainability, green economy. Out presidents HE Erdoğan and HE Mnangagwa are both attending this Conference as a testament to our countries commitment to reversing the effects of climate change.
“I stand before you on this occasion – to contribute to the environment and create a greener, more sustainable future for Harare.
“Every tree we plant today is a pledge to safeguard our Republic. It is also a pledge to environment for generations to come.
“Here, in Harare, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a richness of nature, from the lush vegetation to the diverse wildlife. It is our duty to protect and nurture this environment, ensuring that our children and even our grandchildren.
“This brings me to why I wanted to have our woodland next to a school. It was no coincidence as well.
Today, as we plant these trees, let us also sow the seeds of consciousness and responsibility to coming generations. In both Turkish and Zimbabwean traditions, trees are often seen as a bridge between the past, present, and future. As these saplings take root, they become a living testament to our commitment to a sustainable, peaceful existence.
The trees we plant today are not just a gift to Harare but also our legacy. Together, hand in hand, let us continue to nurture and protect the natural wonders that surround us, ensuring a greener, healthier, and more vibrant Harare for all.
I would like to thank the Forestry Commission for their valuable support in this busy time.
I also would like to thank the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and
Ellis Robins School for letting out project to happen on their premise.
Last, but not least let me thank my staff especially Mr Sezai and Mr. Gerald for their efforts.
Thank you, and may these trees grow as strong, as the Republic of Türkiye. As strong as the friendship between Türkiye and Zimbabwe. May these trees cast their shade on and give fruit to the generations to come.
The day came at a special time when Turkey celebrated their centennial anniversary on October 29 2023, they then marked this special occasion with one of the activities which is tree planting.