Rector Calls for Nationwide Tree Planting to Combat Climate Change

In a stirring welcome address at the World Environment Day celebration held at Federal Polytechnic Ayede,Oyo State this Wednesday, Rector Engr. Dr. Taofeek Adekunle Abdul-Hameed urged Nigerians to unite in a nationwide effort to plant more trees.

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“Trees are the lungs of our planet, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing the oxygen we breathe,” the Rector said. “By planting more trees, we can actively mitigate the effects of climate change by sequestering greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”

The Rector highlighted the multifaceted benefits of tree planting beyond just carbon sequestration. “Trees play a crucial role in preserving biodiversity, preventing soil erosion and flooding, and purifying the air in our urban environments,” he stated. “Planting trees is an accessible solution that can make a profound impact on the health of our environment.”

Emphasizing the economic advantages as well, the Rector noted that “trees can increase property values, reduce energy costs, and support the development of sustainable industries like agroforestry and eco-tourism.”

In his rousing conclusion, the Rector called on “nations, communities, institutions and individuals to plant trees with unwavering commitment.” He declared, “By nurturing and planting trees, we not only contribute to the restoration of our natural ecosystems, but also leave a lasting legacy of hope, resilience, and a sustainable future for our planet and all its inhabitants.”

The event marked the maiden World Environment Day celebration at Federal Polytechnic Ayede, underscoring the institution’s dedication to environmental stewardship and climate action.

The Dreams Cluster Federal Polytechnic Ayede Chapter, in partnership with the School of Agricultural Technology, hosted the event and highlighted the critical issues of land restoration and desertification, under the theme “Land Restoration, Desertification and Resilience”.

The lead convener for the event Mrs. Temitope S. AKINDE, A Registered Animal Scientist and lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic Ayede.

In her remarks, Mrs. AKINDE emphasized the urgent need to take action to protect the environment and secure a sustainable future for the local community and the wider region.

The event was supported by a range of organizations, including TYNOLLVN, nR World, World Environment Day, the Agricultural Research Institute of Nigeria, and the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria.

By focusing on land restoration and combating desertification, the World Environment Day event aimed to raise awareness and inspire concrete actions to address these critical environmental challenges facing the Ayede community and the surrounding region.

Organizers expressed hope that the event would galvanize collective efforts towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

Students, Schools, and community members are expected to heed the Rector’s call and plant trees across Oyo State in the coming months.

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