Lagos-based youth-led sustainable development focused organisation, SustyVibes, is partnering the British High Commission to implement #Communitrees, a community-based tree planting and climate advocacy project that aims to plant 5,000 trees in Lagos and Abuja by April 2021.
Launched on December 5, 2020, #Communitrees will run alongside an advocacy drive among community members. The project promoters will plant indigenous trees in selected communities across Lagos and Abuja while stimulating both online and physical conversations on the pivotal role of tree planting in climate action.
“#Communitrees is supported by the British High Commission in Nigeria as part of a larger #NigeriaForNature initiative aimed at encouraging and increasing climate action in communities across Nigeria,” disclosed SustyVibes’ Chikodi Uzoamaka in a statement.
According to Uzoamaka, community participation is at the heart of the project – hence the inclusion of community members in all stages of the project process, from deliberations to execution.
Uzoamaka added that SustyVibes would also work with youth volunteers and stakeholders to drive the implementation of the project.
“We will commence online awareness and engagements across all our social media platforms in February 2021, while physical advocacy and tree planting will begin in the selected communities in March 2021, with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols,” Uzoamaka submitted in the statement, adding:
“Climate change is currently the biggest challenge of the 21st century. As the planet continues to heat, we risk facing a catastrophic collapse that threatens life on earth. Nature-based solutions such as tree planting have proven to be very effective at mitigating climate change. Tree planting is an easy and cheap way for citizens to take #ClimateAction for the environment. We call on interested members of
the public to join us in our tree planting sessions or support us virtually.”
Founded in 2016, SustyVibes’ mission, said Uzoamaka, is to create a platform for young Nigerians to build experiential skills in the Sustainable Development Agenda as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).