2024 World Environment Day: Caritas Nigeria Supports Land Restoration, Tree Planting and Drought Resilience.

The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) joined the world in celebrating World Environment Day on June 5th, 2024. This year’s theme focused on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience, with a special emphasis on Nigeria’s environmental challenges.

The event, held at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), was a vibrant display of commitment to our planet. Activities included:

  • Tree Planting: A symbolic act highlighting the importance of restoring our land.
  • Public Sensitization: Raising awareness about environmental issues and inspiring action.
  • Thought-provoking Discussions: Experts addressed the urgency of environmental protection and brainstormed solutions.

A Call to Action: Protecting Our Future

Rev. Fr. Zacharia Nyantiso Samjumi, Secretary General of CSN, delivered a powerful message. He emphasized the critical need for concrete actions to combat environmental degradation. The current cholera outbreak serves as a stark reminder of the devastating health consequences of a polluted and degraded environment.

Facing Nigeria’s Environmental Challenges

Engr. Osilamah Braimah, Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), presented a keynote address outlining the pressing environmental issues facing Nigeria. Deforestation, land degradation, and pollution are major threats that require immediate attention. The AEPB remains dedicated to protecting and managing the environment in the Federal Capital Territory.

Learning and Sharing for a Greener Nigeria

The day wasn’t just about speeches. The event featured informative paper presentations on critical topics like the shrinkage of Lake Chad and innovative community plastic waste initiatives. Students from Regina Pacis College and Sanctus Lumen Christi Schools, alongside members of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) and Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), actively participated in the discussions.

The CCFN’s World Environment Day celebration was a resounding success. By focusing on land restoration and environmental protection, the event inspired participants and offered valuable insights for building a greener future for Nigeria.

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