US Consulate, Others Celebrate World Environment Day With School Children | The Guardian Nigeria News

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• Lagos seeks to fight against environmental degradation, pollution
Acting U.S. Consul General Brandon Hudspeth attended a tree-planting event this weekend with students from St. Savior School, Ebute Metta, Lagos, in commemoration of World Environment Day.

Hudspeth, with the Director General of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dr Dolapo Fasawe and the Deputy Director of the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Folasade Adeyoju, joined the students in planting trees on the school premises.

The event was organized by members of the Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) under the auspices of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, with support from a public diplomacy grant from the United States Consulate General.

Hudspeth noted that the tree planting activity underscores the U.S. government’s commitment to support initiatives that raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.

He expressed optimism that student participation in the tree planting activity would shape their perspective on environmental conservation and restoration of our ecosystem. He also recognized the positive impact of the work done by YALI alumni to link different communities and government institutions in Nigeria to promote environmental conservation efforts.

In her address, LASEPA Executive Director Dr Dolapo Fasawe congratulated the school children and their teachers for their commitment to environmental protection.

According to her, tree planting plays a key role in mitigating the impact of climate change.

“Planting trees is one of the most important things we can do to contribute to the health of the planet,” noted Dr Fasawe.
St. Savior School Principal Ebute Metta Ms. Lawrencia Izedonmwen expressed the school’s commitment to promoting environmental education and responsibility by raising awareness and empowering schoolchildren in its host community.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State government has called on citizens to join the state in the fight against environmental degradation and pollution.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu launched the appeal during an event marking World Environment Day on the theme: “Restoration of ecosystems”, at the retreat of the Abraham Adesanya estate on the Lekki-Epe highway.

He said it would be difficult for Lagos to close its borders to economic migrants, hence the need to put all hands on the bridge to ensure sustainable use of natural resources.

According to him, the ecosystem could be restored by growing more diverse crops and trees.

He said the state had launched a four-year green plan for the Lekki-Epe axis to restore abandoned setbacks on the corridor.
The governor, who was represented by the commissioner of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, said the plan began with the establishment of an urban forest park by the Parks and Gardens Agency. of Lagos State (LASPARK) on the Lekki-Epe. Expressway.

The step, he said, could replenish the carbon stores in the soil and make them more fertile so that the growing population can be nourished.

According to him, humans could help bounce back shrub lands and grasslands by clearing woody vegetation and reseeding native grasses, lost plants and animals could be reintroduced and protected.

He reiterated the need for residents to ensure a safe, resilient and sustainable Lagos by responding to the decade-long call to action to restore the ecosystem and reach out to the rest of the world to tackle unsustainable consumption of natural resources.

While declaring the park open to the public, the Commissioner underlined the need for a massive acceleration of global efforts to restore ecosystems to tackle the climate crisis, improve food security, provide clean water and protect biodiversity. the planet.

Speaking about the park, LASPARK Managing Director Ms. Adetoun Popoola said the space, measuring around 17,256 square meters, was previously characterized by many unauthorized commercial and craft activities, vagrants, disposal illegal waste and clogging of drainage that captured rain. runoff from the expressway.

She noted that the space also served as a hiding place for harmful activities and posed a risk to the safety of motorists, pedestrians and the immediate community, noting that the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources had dislodged the occupants. illegals from space, then delivering them to LASPARK for development, which gave birth to the “urban forest”.

Popoola said parts of the reverse have been allocated to organizations that have shown interest in partnering with LASPARK by adopting and expanding the “no cost to state government” spaces.


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