HARIPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday kicked off one-day tree plantation campaign throughout the country by planting a sapling here.

The PM was accompanied by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan as he launched the ‘Plant for Pakistan’ drive that is part of PTI government’s billion tree Tsunami 2018 drive.

About 1.5 million trees will be planted on Sunday, with the aim to plant 10 billion trees across Pakistan over the course of the next five years.

Aim of the drive to motivate people, communities, organizations, business and industry, civil society and government to collectively plant trees.

As a part of the initiative, people will be given free saplings at 190 distribution points across the country.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the most vulnerable province to climate change where average temperature increased by one degree Celsius from 2005 till 2015, shows data of Climate Change Cell Agriculture University Peshawar.

Environment expert believe that if the same trend continue to persist many crops will disappear from KP while there would be no water by 2025. They say that CO2 emission has become vertical in Pakistan.

The country-wide tree plantation drive comes after the PTI-led provincial government in Khyber Pukhtunkwa executed a large-scale tree-planting project during its previous tenures.