Lagos calls on residents to plant trees

The Lagos State Government on Thursday encouraged residents to embrace tree planting as part of efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and create a sustainable environment.

The Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Environment, Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, after a sensitization walk, made the call to commence the celebration of World Environment Day 2024 in Lagos.

Rotimi-Akodu noted that World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide to raise awareness and support progress on global commitments, including protecting land and sea for wildlife and restoring the planet.

Speaking on the theme of “Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience,” Rotimi-Akodu stressed the importance of protecting the environment and ensuring a safe and green economy for all.

He said: “We need a change in behavior to protect our environment because it is our country and our future.

“We must embrace the earth, without taking into account that sometimes we have natural disasters, but with proper planning and programs like World Environment Day, we can always be ready for any kind of disaster, whether natural or man-made is caused.”

He added that tree planting is essential as a means to combat climate change challenges such as desertification, drought and erosion.

According to him, Lagosians should applaud the state government’s achievement in the greening and restoration of native trees project to curb climate change challenges.

Due to the increasing threat from human activities and natural disasters, which is clearly visible through the adverse effects of climate change in Nigeria, experts in January 2023 recommended planting more trees across the country as a way to undermine the menace.

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