Concerned by the need to take remedial measures to ameliorate deteriorating environment and its attendant impacts on human life, the Rotary Club of Abeokuta District 9110 has canvassed for increased tree plantation in cities and towns within Ogun state.
The President of the District, Rtn. Olukayode Oladipo stated this shortly after leading other club members to plant trees at strategic locations within Abeokuta metropolis in commemoration of the Annual Tree Plantation project tagged “Save the Planet”.
According to Oladipo, the independent exercise embarked on remains an effective strategy capable of combating the effect of climate change and global warming on the society.
He pointed out that the campaign was designed to educate people on the unique role trees and other plant communities play in making the environment conducive for human habitation and to encourage everybody to plant and protect trees.
“We are here today to give back to the environment in one of the few ways that we can; the absence of greens result in impoverished ecosystem and decreased biological productivity that lead to food shortage, ill-health and low per capital income – all situations we want to avoid in our metropolis”, he said .
He, thereafter, tasked members of the society, stakeholders in the environmental sectors and the State Ministry of Environment to step up measures towards improving the aesthetics of the environment by adorning it with ornaments, plants, beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman, Planet Earth Committee of the club, Hon. Motunrayo Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo and her Service Project counterpart, Prof. Akinola Akinlabi encouraged residents of the State to plant and protect trees.
They stated that the absence of enough green, especially trees, was a threat to the survival of all creatures that depended on oxygen.