Climate change: Experts recommend more tree planting

With the increasing threat from human activities and natural disasters which is evident with the adverse effects of climate change in Nigeria, experts have recommended more tree planting across the country as a way of checkmating the menace.

The experts spoke at the inauguration of the Sterling One Foundation Agroforestry for Climate Action Project at the Federal Government Girls College, Bwari, Abuja on Monday.

The project carried out in partnership with the Green Sahara Farms and Unity Schools Old Students Association is aimed at planting 200 million trees across the six geopolitical zones of the country before 2030.

Speaking at the event which saw the establishment of the Young Agroforestry Club in the school, President General of USOSA, Mike Magaji, said there was a need to inculcate the culture of environmental participation in children.

Magaji said doing this would make the children grow up to learn and appreciate the values of keeping the environment safe and clean, thereby protecting the country and environment, adding that one of the ways of doing it is tree planting.

He said, “So, this is very significant and we must recognise the importance of the environment and also try to preserve it and we must inculcate the culture of environmental preservation in children. This is for them to grow up to learn and appreciate those values of keeping the environment safe and clean.”

Chief Executive Officer, Sterling One Foundation, Olapeju Ibekwe, encouraged the students to nurture the trees planted to fight climate change.

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