TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Friday described plants and greenery an important factor in life and in building human civilization.
"Planting trees and saplings is one of the good deeds that is stressed in the Islamic religious law,” the Leader said on the occasion of National Tree Planting Day and Natural Resources Week.
The Leader spoke of the significance of the environment in the Constitution and said, "Actions to conserve the environment are religious, revolutionary activities. We should not look at such activities as being just some formal, ornamental activities.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the diversity in climate and environment that exists in the country is a good opportunity for the people and the youth to engage in preserving the environment.
The Leader regretted the destruction of forests, natural resources and water sources by profiteers.
"Destroying the environment is a grave tragedy that ruins humanity’s future. Therefore, both the officials and the people should work against this.”
The Leader touched on bushfires and drying of lakes and wetlands, saying they can be prevented. "The officials who do not carry out their duties are to blame.”
Elsewhere in his statements, the Leader touched on the issue of the coronavirus pandemic.
"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.”
"Whatever the National Committee on Combating the Coronavirus announces should be carried out. If they have imposed bans on travel, people should not travel. I myself will definitely not travel this year, just like last year,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the impact of the new pandemic on people’s lives. "If the corona continues, there will be more livelihood problems. Therefore, everyone should cooperate to eliminate this malady as soon as possible.”
The Leader also expressed dissatisfaction with the high prices of commodities.
"This situation close to the New Year has caused us great concern. Of course, there is not a shortage of goods such as fruits, but prices are extremely high. And it is not the hardworking farmers who are benefiting from these high prices. Rather, it is the profiteering dealers and middlemen who are reaping large profits at the expense of the people.”
The Leader stressed that officials must solve the people’s economic problems and the issue of high prices.
"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.”