Minister of State for Environment Pledges Commitment for a Greener Approach

Tree planting stands out as a fundamental and impactful strategy to combat the escalating threat of climate change fueled by ongoing greenhouse gas emissions. The process involves trees sequestering carbon dioxide (CO2), a major contributor to the greenhouse effect. Consequently, communities worldwide are urged to engage in tree planting initiatives to mitigate the consequences of climate change.

Despite the universal call for afforestation and protection of existing forest covers to counteract the escalating menace of deforestation and its ramifications on biodiversity, Nigeria has struggled to effectively implement esteemed tree-planting programs. The country finds itself grappling with the persistent challenge of extreme weather events, exacerbated by a failure to embrace and execute comprehensive tree-planting initiatives.

In response to this pressing environmental concern, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Environment, Iziaq Salako, has declared his commitment to a “greener” approach in 2024. His New Year resolution includes the personal planting and nurturing of a minimum of 50 trees within the country before the year concludes. This pledge signifies a proactive step towards enhancing climate resilience within Nigeria.

The minister emphasized the critical role of trees as a formidable defense against greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary driver of climate change. Drawing a parallel between trees and the lungs of an ecosystem, he stressed their indispensable contribution to the survival of various animal species.

The announcement by Minister Salako reflects a recognition of the urgent need for individual and collective efforts in fostering environmental sustainability. Encouraging not only personal engagement but also rallying his immediate family to participate in this tree-planting endeavor, the minister sets an example for citizens to contribute actively to the fight against climate change.

As the year unfolds, the success of Nigeria’s greener initiative will depend on the commitment of individuals, communities, and the government to embrace and implement robust tree-planting practices. The minister’s declaration serves as a call to action, urging citizens to recognize the profound impact of trees in addressing climate change and collectively work towards a more sustainable and resilient future.


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