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Climate expert promotes tree planting-Enugu

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Importance of greening in the fight against climate change should be known.

To instil the ideas of action on climate change and environmental sustainability in people, an international climate expert, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, has organised a climate education and tree planting initiative in Enugu State. The goal of the climate campaign was to raise awareness among the next generation about the need to restore the world. Okereke, a prominent climate change activist in Nigeria, made the announcement on Sunday in Lagos. He explained that this was part of the plan to put into effect the International Visitors’ Leadership Programme (IVLP) impact award given to him by the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The recipient of the IVLP award stated that the activity consisted of planting 35 aesthetically pleasing trees along the road leading from the P & T Bus Stop to Ziks’ Avenue in Enugu. He stated that the activity aimed to educate people on the importance of urban greening in the fight against climate change and air pollution in cities. According to him, the ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Albert Obiora-Ekete, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Environment in Enugu State, who was representing the state’s Commissioner for the Environment.

35 ornamental trees were planted by the participants at the event.

He added that 24 young leaders were there, including members of the state Ministry of Environment and Ms. Oge Nwonye, CEO of Eco-cyclers. Okereke stated that 4,000 applications were received for the training on the principles of climate change science, urban air pollution, and climate activism. The young leaders who were selected for the training were selected from among those applicants. He stated that the training was necessary to equip young people with the skills necessary to become engaged citizens who are successful in spreading the word about climate action.

A total of 35 ornamental trees, all of which were Green Ficus, were also planted by those in attendance with the assistance and support of staff members from the State Ministry of Environment, who came along with the permanent secretary. After the permanent secretary had raised the flag to officially start the event, each of the attendees planted their own tree. The initiative also included collaborating with the ministry to water and take care of the trees to ensure their continued existence and flourishing, Okereke added.

Involved partners receive commendation for their support.

Expressing his gratitude, he thanked the Commissioner for Environment, Professor Sam Ugwu, the Permanent Secretary, Albert Obiora-Ekete, and every member of staff of the ministry for their support of the exercise. Okereke extended his gratitude to the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as well as Meridian International, which serves as the Bureau’s implementing partner. He extended thanks to Enugu State for allowing him to participate in the IVLP impact programme and thereby contribute to Enugu State’s efforts to raise awareness about climate change, train future leaders, and foster sustainable development.

Also, he gave his word that he would work with other stakeholders to promote the empowerment of more young leaders in the state and beyond in order to support better climate and environmental action in the nation at large. He made this commitment to his audience. Additionally, he expressed his gratitude to Eco-cyclers, the Centre for Climate Change and Development, as well as the Society for Planet and Prosperity for their assistance in helping him in the organisation and implementation of the project.

Tree planting shows commitment to the critical concerns.

On the other hand, he added that each of those trees represented a fundamental commitment to addressing the critical concerns of air pollution and climate change that have been affecting the area. He stated that these challenges have been affecting the state for quite some time. Also, he affirmed that trees stood as silent defenders, poised to purify the air, moderate the consequences of climate change, as well as restore the ecological balance of the area’s natural environment.


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AN-Toni
AN-Toni
5 months ago

Climate expert promotes tree planting-Enugu.Importance of greening in the fight against climate change should be known.Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
5 months ago

The climate change and environmental sustainability in people took a dimension on international climate when the expert, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke organised a climate education and tree planting initiative in Enugu State to create awareness in the people. The aim was to raise awareness among the next generation about the need to restore the world. And also there was need to sensitize the people through training to create more publicity on the climate change

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
5 months ago

Planting trees is crucial in the fight against climate change. Since our climate is currently in a very vulnerable situation, we must take steps to lessen the effect of gaseous chemicals on it. One way to improve our climate is through planting trees.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
5 months ago

I completely agree with the climate expert’s promotion of tree planting in Enugu. The importance of greening in the fight against climate change cannot be overstated. Trees play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen. This process helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are major contributors to global warming.
By increasing the green cover in Enugu through tree planting initiatives, we can not only combat climate change but also reap numerous environmental benefits. Trees help to regulate temperatures by providing shade and reducing the urban heat island effect. They also act as natural air filters, improving air quality by trapping pollutants and releasing clean oxygen. Additionally, trees aid in conserving water by reducing soil erosion, preventing runoff, and promoting groundwater recharge.
Furthermore, greening initiatives contribute to the preservation of biodiversity. Trees provide habitats for a wide range of plant and animal species, supporting the delicate balance of ecosystems. By planting native tree species, we can help restore and protect the natural habitats of Enugu and ensure the survival of its unique flora and fauna.
To ensure the success of tree planting efforts, it is important to raise awareness about the importance of greening and encourage active participation from individuals, communities, and relevant stakeholders. Collaborative efforts between government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the local community can help mobilize resources and expertise to implement and sustain these initiatives.
In conclusion, the promotion of tree planting in Enugu by the climate expert is a commendable initiative. By recognizing and embracing the importance of greening in the fight against climate change, we can make a significant positive impact on the environment, enhance the resilience of our communities, and create a more sustainable future for generations to come. Let’s join hands and plant trees in Enugu to make a difference! 🌳🌍

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
5 months ago

A climate expert encourages planting trees The climate expert’s advocacy of tree planting in Enugu is a worthy move. We can significantly improve the environment, strengthen the resilience of our communities, and build a more sustainable future for future generations if we acknowledge and embrace the significance of greening in the battle against climate change.