ECOWEB360 FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH UK BODY TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
Yemi Adeyanju, the founder of Ecoweb360 Environmental Foundation, has announced a new collaboration with the Bath Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society in the UK. This partnership aims to address the pressing issue of climate change in the Southwest region of Nigeria and promote a future of environmental sustainability
During a sensitization program at St Michael's Catholic Nursery and Primary School in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State Project Coordinator of Ecoweb360 Summer Environmental Outreach, Ayodele Adeyanju, represented Yemi Adeyanju. He emphasized the significant impact of the environment and climate on health, economy, society, and the planet.
As part of the Ecoweb360 Summer Environmental Outreach, the foundation encouraged school pupils to participate in tree planting activities. During the program, they demonstrated the importance of tree planting by planting gmelina trees within the school compound.
Ayodele Adeyanju stated, "Our presence here is part of the Ecoweb360 Summer Environmental Outreach, which involves planting 400 gmelina trees, donating 25 units of 25-litre waste bins, and conducting environmental advocacy in schools, churches, communities, and non-profit organizations in Ondo and Ekiti States."
The foundation had previously planted gmelina trees at Ekiti State Polytechnic and donated waste bins and sanitation equipment to health and educational institutions in the past year. They have ambitious plans for the future, aiming to train 50 youths on tree nursery techniques and plant 2,000 trees across various locations in Southwest Nigeria by the end of 2023.
Yemi Adeyanju emphasized the importance of recognizing the seriousness of climate change as it affects all aspects of life. He mentioned its consequences, such as increased disease outbreaks, conflicts between farmers and herders, displacement of people, loss of lives, and disruption of livelihoods.
Despite the challenges posed by climate change, he highlighted the opportunities for various emerging careers in the field of sustainability and environmental conservation
. He encouraged both pupils and adults to consider these paths for a more sustainable future.
Horticulturist Oladele Owoyemi, from the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, urged the pupils to encourage their parents to engage in tree planting due to its numerous benefits. These benefits include promoting good health, preventing wind hazards, providing oxygen for daily metabolism, and supplying food crops, among others.