Richer nations like Singapore and Malaysia have understood the value of greenery
To say that trees are important to the overall health of the environment would be quite the understatement -- the benefits of having sufficient trees to provide a stable tree canopy are many, as trees provide shade, reduce the impact of noise pollution, and act as natural air purifiers and protectors which significantly combat the effects of air pollution and climate change as a whole.
Therefore, it is disappointing to see that, in the quest for rapid development and urbanization, there has been negligence and a general lack of care towards making sure that progress does not come at the expense of the environment.
During a time when major cities around the world are recognizing the need to preserve their trees and reap the numerous benefits they offer, Bangladesh continues to regress on this matter -- cutting down trees with impunity.
Richer nations like Singapore and Malaysia have understood the value of greenery, and that it is certainly possible to protect the environment while meeting economic goals.
There is no doubt that Bangladesh is on its way up the economic ladder -- its development journey has been nothing if not inspiring, and there is legitimate reason for the people of Bangladesh to be hopeful that the upward trajectory will continue towards achieving its economic milestones.
However, what is also true is that Bangladesh is a country that is among the most susceptible to the adverse effects of climate change, and preserving trees is not only beneficial, but absolutely essential to enhancing our quality of life.