As part of her contribution to the global outcry for climate actions and to support the overall reduction of greenhouse emissions to the atmosphere, the African Centre for Environment, Agriculture & Rural Development (ACEARD) flagged off ACEARD Green Champions project at AdiahaObong Secondary Commercial School, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
The Project which is tagged “My Trees My Life” is a school-based initiative aimed at creating awareness on the impacts of climate change to environment and how human activities can be managed to ensure peaceful co-existence with nature. It is an initiative where the students are sensitized and enlighten to be the change agents to the global climate actions.
At the kick-off of the project over 200 varieties of economic trees were planted in the school with full participation of ACEARD Green Champions (students) which was also inaugurated. The economic trees planted include various species of citrus, mangos, avocado, star-apple, quava and showershrub, etc.
According to the Director of the Centre Unyime Robinson, the impacts of these trees planted aside the contribution to environmental conservation and carbon sequestration is the economic value. A stand of Citrus for instance, is capable of producing over 5tonnes of fruits in a year. With the exotic varieties of trees planted these will boost the revenue generation to the schools.
He also maintained that “My Trees My Life” remains a nationwide project initiated by the Centre where One Million economic trees are expected to be planted in schools across the country.
African Centre for Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development is a non-profit organization established to promote sustainable actions that will enhance natural resources management and environmental sustainability in Africa. They are committed toward improving the poor living conditions of rural communities across Africa through targeted developmental programmes and projects. The Centre thematic areas include; environmental sustainability, climate change, sustainable agriculture, gender mainstreaming and community participation in development.