Iran Leader urges conservation, warns of ramifications of environment destruction – “The destruction of the environment is a great calamity that would ruin the future of mankind, therefore, officials and all people must stand up to it,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Friday, as he planted two fruit tree saplings to mark the National Tree Planting Day.
“Planting trees and saplings is one of the virtues that is emphasized in the holy Sharia of Islam,” the Leader said.
He expressed regret over the destruction of forests, natural habitats and aquifers by profiteers.
Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to incidents such as forest fires and the shrinking and drying up of lakes and wetlands, saying such incidents are preventable and the authorities who do not carry out their duties in this regard are accountable.
Elsewhere in his statements, the Leader touched on the issue of COVID-19 pandemic, saying, “Last year, people acted in accordance with the recommendations during the New Year holidays, thus immunizing the country against a grave disaster. But this year, the danger is even more serious and more widespread. Therefore, everyone should observe the recommendations this year as well.”
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Ayatollah Khamenei added, “Whatever the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus announces should be carried out. If they have imposed bans on traveling, people should not travel. I myself will definitely not travel this year, just like last year.”
Another issue that the Leader discussed was the problem in people’s livelihood due to the pandemic, “If coronavirus continues, there will be more problems in livelihood. Therefore, everyone should cooperate to eliminate this disease as soon as possible.”
Expressing his dissatisfaction concerning the issue of high prices and the people’s problems in livelihood, he stated, “This situation close to the New Year has caused us great concern. Of course, there is not a shortage in goods such as fruits, but prices are extremely high. And it is not the hardworking farmers who are receiving the profit from these high prices. Rather, it is profiteering dealers and middlemen who are reaping large profits at the expense of the people.”
The Leader stressed that the officials must solve the people’s economic problems and the issue of high prices. He also added, “There are solutions for all these problems. I have discussed these points with officials many times in numerous meetings. I have communicated the solutions suggested by the experts to the officials.”