26 April 2016

Nigeria: Tree Planting, Panacea for Extreme Climate Conditions - NCF

Lagos — The present extreme climate conditions have been attributed to the exploitation of earth's resources which brought about a shift from moderate weather to extreme.

The Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi said people need to seek opportunities to engage in activities that will enhance the quality and longevity of the environment especially through tree planting to avert an imminent danger.

Speaking at the event marking the Earth Day 2016, he stated that mankind will face serious consequences if unsustainable extraction activities should continue on the planet, even as he said "already, the consequences of a depraved planet are with us."

He said the theme of this year's Earth Day, "Trees for the Earth," could not have come at a better time than now as people globally now know the role trees play in remediating the microclimate and mitigating climate change as well as value addition to property and other health benefits.

He stressed the NCF's commitment to creating a healthier and sustainable planet as the Foundation supports activities geared toward restoring and rehabilitating degraded forestlands.

One of these activities is the Earth Day's goal of planting at least 12 million trees on or before the 50th anniversary of the event that that was launched on April 22, 1970.

He said, "In NCF, we share in the vision of creating a healthier and sustainable planet and we are, therefore, on course to restoring and rehabilitating the marginal and degraded forestlands across our national landscape to the once lush vegetation cover."

Karunwi, therefore, said the commemoration was an avenue for everyone to show love for the planet through planting of trees.

April 22 of every year is dedicated to the observance of Earth Day with the aim of channeling useful energy towards environmental conservation.

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