Rotary Club in Owerri seeks support to mitigate effects of climate change
To plant 10,000 trees in Imo schools
Rotary Club of Owerri, District 9142, has called for collaborative efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change on human society.
President of the district, Dr. Sebastine Okwu, at the awareness campaign to Government College in Owerri, yesterday, said some human activities had continued to endanger the environment, which, according to him, might put human existence at a risk.
Okwu also canvassed planting of new trees, creating forest reserves and engaging in other environment-friendly activities to help absorb atmosphere carbon-dioxide and enhance human health.
He said: “We are here today to seek your partnership on how to safeguard our environment and future. And we consider you, the students and teachers, as critical stakeholders to what we are saying and doing.
“And part of what we can do to preserve the environment is by planting some trees today because it has proven to be one of the sure ways of protecting the environment and future existence. Our target is to plant 10,000 trees in schools across the state.
“As you are aware, Rotary Club shares an interest in protecting the environment. We are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources; advance ecological sustainability and foster harmony between communities and the environment.”
ALSO speaking on the topic, “Climate Change: Impact on Society and Rotary’s Roles in Mitigating it,” the Resource Person, Kevin Mbawuike, said effects of climate change, also known as global warming, “add fundamental insecurity to people’s lives and livelihoods by creating more frequent and severe weather conditions.”
Mbawuike stressed the importance for people to join hands to stop climate change to preserve humanity and save the earth for future generations.
He urged the students and others to speak up against the use of fossil fuel, bush burning and poor agricultural practices, which according to him, adversely affect the environment and constitute majorly to global warming.
The past president of the club also posited: “Based on scientific best evidences available to date, we have less than 12 years to mobilise a complete conversion from fossil fuels to green energy, or we risk dangerously destabilising the earth’s climate.”
Principal of the school, Senior Section, Rev. Dr. Jamike Eke, in his remark, lauded Rotary Club for the seminar and assured that the school would further sensitise and engage the school community on best practices to safeguard the environment.
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