World Environment Day:School/NGO
reiterates commitment towards addressing Climate Change issues
A Non-governmental Organization, Hope Aglow Charity Foundation has described tree planting as a vital panacea towards addressing climate change challenges caused by greenhouse gas.
The Founder and Executive director of Hope Aglow Charity foundation, Dr Cynthia Obiorah made the call at a tree planting forum organized by the foundation to celebrate this year world environment day.
Dr Obiorah stressed the need for concerted efforts by government at all levels and as well as private sectors in curbing the menance.
“Therefore, to keep global warming in check, we must halve annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and that’s the reason HOPE AGLOW CHARITY FOUNDATION IS CELEBRATING WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY BY PLANTING TREES.”she added..
Also speaking at the event,Teachers and Students of Bishop Okoye Spiritan Secondary School Oyigbo, Rivers State,which includes Rev.
Father Vincent Ibe,
Father John Paul Edoziem and
Father Dominic Nnoshiri among others explained the need to effectively engage the younger generation towards curbing the menace of climate change.
” As it is a proven science that Tree planting is one of the simplest and most effective ways of tackling climate change caused by greenhouse gas. As trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.
If we all don’t own up and take action, exposure to air pollution beyond safe guidelines will increase by 50 per cent within the decade, and plastic waste flowing into aquatic ecosystems will triple by 2040. the situation requires immediate action. Therefore, this year, governments, companies and other stakeholders must scale up and speed up actions to solve this crisis with available science and solutions to tackle the problem”.they added
The World Environment Day is an annual global event observed on June 5
World Environment Day is the United Nations outreach day for encouraging worldwide awareness and supporting the environment
The day encourages awareness and action for environmental protection by the global communities.
It aims to bring together millions of people from across the globe, engaging them in the effort to protect and restore the Earth.
According to the UN, “more than 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year worldwide, half of which is designed to be used only once. Of that, less than 10 per cent is recycled. An estimated 19-23 million tonnes end up in lakes, rivers and seas annually.
Microplastics find their way into food, water and air. It is estimated that each person on the planet consumes more than 50,000 plastic particles per year –and many more if inhalation is considered.
Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day was first marked on June 5, 1973, during the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. At that time, the theme was ‘Only One Earth’
The 50th anniversary of World Environment Day was hosted in Côte D’Ivoire, with the theme “solutions to plastic pollution”
#Beat plastic pollution #
By Nkiru Okeke