Creative Vision Development Foundation, an Abuja-based NGO has planted 80 trees in Karshi a suburb within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mitigate climate change.
Mrs Funmilola Oladejo, Executive Director of the NGO said this during the tree planting exercise in the community on Tuesdays in Abuja.
“We have planted 80 trees in Karshi today to mitigate climate change within the community.
“Planting of economic trees is essential in the environment because it serves as shade, cover, food, climate change mitigation, gives cooler temperature and ensures a healthy environment amongst others.
“We will continue to collaborate with communities at the grassroots and plant more trees in secondary schools within the FCT to mitigate climate change,” she assured.
Oladejo noted that the NGO was carrying out a project called Youth Advocacy for Climate Action (YACA).
The YAGA (project) theme is; “Go green Plant a tree today save our planet”.
Jude Gagah, Programme Intern with the NGO said that the trees planting was aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change within the area.
“One of the issues affecting humans on earth is the environment due to human activities such as burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and the indiscriminate disposals of wastes within the environment ” he said.
He decried the attitude of most residents who drop their wastes in drainage lines believing that when the rains fall it would wash the wastes away, but instead these wastes block the water channels which causing flooding.
Gagah expressed displeasure over what flooding could cause in the society after such acts of indoctrinate waste disposal and called on residents to be more cautious.
Responding, Alhaji Ahmed Doka, District Head Karshi, expressed satisfaction over the tree planting gesture saying that it was a welcome development for the people of the area.
“We are having soil erosion in our community so with the planting of trees it will help us control the erosion,” he said.
He urged them to monitor the trees that they have planted to ensure survival.