Ebonyi begins tree planting campaign to check poverty, global warming
Senior Special Assistant to Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi on Climate Change, Mrs. Ibianuju Alo, yesterday, admonished the people of the state to begin planting of trees to avoid poverty and the negative impacts of global warming.
She stated this at Ishiaka, Ivo Council Area during a visit on a tree planting campaign, noting that she and her team visited Ivo to sensitise the people on climate change and its impacts on the weather.
She noted that climate change was responsible for global warming worldwide, which she said, had caused poverty and other negative effects, adding that the situation was worsened because people were felling trees that were planted years ago without replacing them.
“We are worried about the effects of climate change because Governor Umahi had decided to make Ebonyi State the best in everything and so, people should know that they stand to gain a lot by planting trees.
“If we plant trees, they will provide us shade. There is also the belief that children who grow from homes where there are shades do better in school than those who do not. Also economically, trees and fruits give a lot of money,” she added.
She urged the council, development centres and communities to plant orchards and not allow their land to be empty or wasted.
Chairman of the council, Onyebuchi Ogbadu, charged the people to learn to plant trees in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change, noting that constant changes in the whether had brought severe negative impacts on the environment.
He noted that regular flooding during the rainy season and excessive heat during the dry season were some of the adverse effects of global warming, saying that he had gathered the stakeholders in Ivo to enable them to take home the message.
Ogbadu also used the occasion to inform the people that he had procured fertilizers and other agro-chemicals to assist the farmers in their tree planting and other farming activities.
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