The Obaubazaw Community Worldwide, a non-governmental organization (NGO), plans to plant one million trees across Nigeria over the next decade, aiming to combat climate change in the country.
Bishop Johnson, the chairman of the planning committee, announced the initiative on Wednesday during the unveiling of the Obaubazaw Community Worldwide Green Life Abuja revolution project.
Johnson emphasized that the project is the NGO’s way of supporting the government in meeting its international commitments to safeguard the planet for future generations.
He highlighted the community’s commitment to implementing humanitarian services promoting peace, unity, and dialogue on environmental and living conditions for all people in Nigeria.
Additionally, Johnson stressed the urgency of addressing climate change-related challenges like farmers-herders clashes and flooding, emphasizing the need for collective action to preserve the earth for future generations.
“The Paris Agreement as we all know is a legally binding international treaty on climate change which was adopted by 196 parties, including Nigeria at the UN climate change conference, conference of parties (COP21) in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015, and entered into force on 4 November 2016,” Johnson added.
“At a time when the people of the world are questioning the purpose of global organisations like the United Nations when the threat of major power conflict has returned.
“When rapid technological change has introduced new economic uncertainties, and when the future of the post-World War II global system itself is in question, it must be recognised that our identities and sense of worth were not circumscribed but are enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves, as nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than oneself, something that encompasses all of us but not defined by our existence alone.
“The Abuja Green Life revolution project can be cited by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as one of its steps to meet her nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies (LT-LEDS).”
He said the organisation will flag off the tree planting project in the Gwarimpa area of Abuja on February 10.