Nigeria: Environmental Activists to plant 5,000 Trees in Abuja in 1 year

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A sect of environmental activists on the platform of the One Environment Initiative is set to plant 5,000 trees in Abuja in the next 12 months.

Mr Ifesinachi Nwanyanwu, Executive Director of the Environmental Art Collective Foundation, said that the project was part of ways to promote sensitisation on environmental sustainability plant and would be part of the outcome of a planned seminar on environmental sustainability in July.

He added that the seminar, which would be held annually, was also aimed at developing an effective policy direction on safe environmental practices.

“At the moment, we have a work plan we intend to implement but that will not be until after a seminar we are organising in July.

“We plan to plant 5,000 trees across Abuja for now and eventually, we will take it to other states in Nigeria.

He further explained that the group would work with relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to promote the implementation of the United Nations` Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“The goal we are aiming is to sensitise Nigerians on how certain actions they ignore constitute to the degradation of the environment like felling of trees, building on drainages, poor waste disposal and the like.

“We want to take this sensitisation programmes to schools and more importantly work with the key ministries in Nigeria by developing a policy direction for them to work with”.

The Paris agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

Before and during the Paris conference, countries submitted comprehensive national climate action plans (INDCs). These are not yet enough to keep global warming below 2°C, but the agreement traces the way to achieving this target. Although Nigeria promised to sign the Paris agreement, it is yet to.

The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020.

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