Tree planting, solution to climate change -- Director

August 04, 2011 15:55

Planting trees, solution to accelerating climate change



Enugu, Aug. 4, 2011 (NAN) The Enugu State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources has said that tree planting will help solve the problem of climate change.

Mr John Onodu, the Director of Forestry,  said said this on Thursday in Enugu during the launch of the 2011 Tree Planting Campaign.

``Deforestation is causing climate change as a result of depletion in the ozone layer. The current acceleration of climate change is a human factor and the only solution is tree planting.

``Climate change has its challenges on health and it is our concern. The environment should be maintained in order to tackle climate change,’’ the director said.

GovIn his speech, Gov . Sullivan Chime of Enugu  State, said that no fewer than 3,000 trees would be planted in the Enugustate to beautify the environment and avoid erosion.

Chime, represented by Mr John Egbo, the Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources,  said that tree planting would encourage economic empowerment and save the environment.

According to him, planting trees is not limited to forestry ministry alone, but the responsibility of all individuals.

Mr Donatus Uzoagbado, the Chairman, Enugu State House Committee on Petroleum Resources and Environmental Management, observed that deforestation was a worrisome issue in the country.

``Trees are of great importance. If we plant a per cent of trees we cut, we will not have problems economically and otherwise.

``If you have any reason to cut one tree, make sure you plant 10 in replacement,’’ Uzoagbado said.

 NAN reports that 10 trees were planted during the flag-off ceremony.  (NAN)




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