1044 GMT June 30, 2022
“The development of non-fossil energy, such as nuclear energy, which is increasingly being used across the world and sought by the countries in our region, besides wind and solar power, should seriously be taken into consideration,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, as he planted saplings to mark Iran’s National Arbor Day during Natural Resources Week.
Arbor Day, which is celebrated every year to promote the development and preservation of nature across the country, inaugurates national Natural Resources Week, Press TV wrote.
On Arbor Day, which fell on Sunday this year, Iranian individuals, groups and environmental activists plant trees and encourage others to do so.
Planting two saplings, Ayatollah Khamenei described the tradition as a completely “religious and revolutionary” move, and underlined the significance of preserving trees.
The Leader went on to equate deforestation and environmental degradation with the destruction of natural resources, which is against the national interests, terming environmental protection as one of the most fundamental issues of the country.
He called on Iranian officials to attach greater significance to soil, water and wildlife conservation measures.
In Islam, hunting is allowed only if needed for food, otherwise, it is illegal. Poaching must be dealt with seriously and wildlife conservation must be a priority, Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Leader urged the Iranian Department of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad to prevent land use conversion, emphasizing that the act “is to the detriment of national interests and that agricultural lands must expand.”