Africa Climate Week :Group embarks on planting -heat -resistant trees to combat global warming and ecological challenges

Ahead of Africa climate Week which is slated from 28th August to 2nd September 2022 in Gabon, a nongovernmental organization that protects the environment “Teku international Farm, Kaduna State, has embarked on the planting of new -tree -species that are resistant to hot weather, with the aim to combating global warming, desertification, deforestation, and environmental degradation.

Mr. Ibrahim salisu who is the National President of the organization expressed concern over the increased number of forest trees that were been cut down for commercial Business which include charcoal, firewood, and timber without replanting them for the future.

According to him, “reforestation is one of our best tools to fight the climate crisis across the planet, and hence the need to sustain the hype on the fight against global warming and other ecological challenges affecting the existence of forestry”.

He stressed that cutting down trees for business purposes, opening up farmland, or feeding energy demand for a growing population is putting pressure on Nigeria’s natural forests.

He said, as trees grow, they would help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.

Mr. Ibrahim salisu furthermore, said his organization and African Climate Reporters have embarked on planting traditional trees in the Hausa language which include ‘Dogon Yaro’, ‘Darbejiya’, ‘Dinya’, and ‘Madaci’ taken dorawa and global.

The National President added that Teku Farm had introduced a new way of planting trees on desert land and hills to increase trees to reduce global warming and environmental challenges affecting humans, animals, and plants.

In the same vein, a Science and Environmental Journalist, who is equally, the head of International Languages and Communication with African Climate Reporters, Ibrahima Pima Yakubu pointed out that Nigeria is losing large hectares of agricultural land due to climate change and environmental degradation.

He said, many reports are indicating how Nigeria is losing her forestry as a result of Loggers’ activities that are destroying trees, involving cutting down trees for commercial Business in large quantities.

“From 2001 to 2021, Nigeria has lost 1.14 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to an 11% decrease in tree cover since 2000 and equal to 587 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions”.

Ibrahima called on the federal government to ban the importation of Forest trees while calling for massive tree planting campaigns across the 36 states of Nigeria.

Africa Climate Week 2022 will engage and empower stakeholders to drive climate action across countries, communities, and economies.

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