The Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, has called on everyone to plant a tree to preserve the earth and for a better living environment for all. “If everyone plants a tree today”, he continued, “the mother earth will appreciate.”
He made this call while presenting the message of the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon, at the commemoration of the International Mother Earth Day and a Dialogue on the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, organised by UNIC Lagos in partnership with United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY) and the National Environmental Society (NES), on the 22 April 2016 in Lagos.
Mr Kayanja said, as each tree plays its part in the biosphere, so should we as individuals who care about our planet and every living creature on it, respect and invest in Mother Earth. He added that 170 Countries are represented at the UN Headquarters in the New York, to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, he therefore urged everyone to support in domesticating the agreement.
Speaking on Climate Change Conference Impact (COP21) and its significance on the Nigeria, a Safeguard Specialist in Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr Isaac Omoniyi, stated that climate influences man and man influences climate, a situation he said needed to be balanced. He called on the Nigerian government to domesticate the Paris Climate Agreement, to enable her to participate in the international scientific and technological cooperation on climate change.
The Head of National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Lagos Zone, Engineer (Mrs) Christiana Okunubi, while making a presentation on Environmental Challenges in Nigeria and Solutions, highlighted various environmental challenges facing the country and stated measures to making for sustainable solutions.
The Chairman, Nigeria Environmental Society (NES), Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Eugene Itua, made a presentation on Trees for Life, during which he highlighted the many advantages of having trees around. He concluded by urging everyone to ‘Plant a Tree and Cut no Tree’.
The President, UNOY, Prince Goodluck Obi, while speaking, called on everyone to get involved in the Tree Planting Activity, in order to mitigate the effect of climate change.
The event was attended by members of the Civil Society and students.