Planting of trees is seen as a way of saving the environment.
But planting indigenous trees means protecting the cultural heritage of the people.
This was the case for the Lagos state government as Swiss firm Nestlé Nigeria Plc – in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources – commenced the planting of indigenous trees as a way of preserving the cultural heritage of some communities.
The tree planting projects are part of Nestlé’s activities to mark the 2021 World Environment Day.
The event commenced with a tree planting exercise at the African Church Primary School, Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos State
Speaking at the event, Hassan Sanuth, Director, Sanitation Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, said that the programme was important.
“This event is established to leave a mega advocacy on the importance of nature in relation to the survival of mankind on earth. The theme stands for an opportunity for us to reflect on the activities of man on nature and how it has affected the environment negatively. It opens up possibilities to how we can act to make sure that we improve the situation and restore the environment to serve us better.”Hassan Sanuth, Director, Sanitation Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources
The director said that some communities had been named by some indigenous ecosystem like trees, rivers, birds and animals which had been identified and notified to be part of that community.
Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria said the day was set aside to draw attention and galvanise action in promoting awareness of the environment.
Peters said safe guarding the environment was a collective responsibility.
“It is not meant for the government or the private sectors alone but it is a collective efforts meant for us all. That is why we are delighted to be collaborating with the Lagos State Environment on this World Environment Day. The theme for this year’s celebration is significant because it comes at a time when the environment needs to be restored.”Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria
Peters said climate change was one of the greatest challenges facing society today and that a lot needed to be done in combating its negative effects.
The theme for this year’s event is: “Ecosystem restoration.”