The Ecological Friendly Initiative of the Ebonyi state University, Abakaliki says it would plant 20, 000 tress in the institution within the next five years.
Prof. Happiness Oselebe, Chairman of the Initiative made the disclosure during its launch at the university’s permanent site in Abakaliki.
Oselebe who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of the university, said that the exercise was for the tripartite reasons of beautifying the institution, mitigating climate change and enhancing food security.
“We seek to beautify the university through the concept of university in a garden.
“Students perform better academically and enjoy better mental health when they stay around engaging landscapes,”.
She said that the climate warming was unequivocal and the impact of global warming evident on the agricultural landscape.
“The effect of global warming is also evident on human systems through rising temperatures, scorching sun, forced migrations as a result of flooding, among others.
“The tree planting initiative will also enhance food security especially when orchards and plantations are involved,”.
Oselebe said that initiative had the support of the university’s vice chancellor who believes the institution was ‘going green’ in line with global moves against climate change.
“The vice chancellor approved the formation of a committee which decided that we undertake both aesthetic and economic landscaping to achieve our objectives.
“The committee formulated the theme and acronym for the project with the slogan—‘one staff, one tree and one student, one tree,”.
Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, Vice Chancellor of the university commended the initiative for the exercise and pledged the total support of the management, staff and students of the university.
“The world wants to get rid of carbon emissions and that is why cars would soon stop using petrol.
“I therefore urge the institution’s new faculty of engineering to engage in research to change our energy supplies from carbon to non-carbon sources,”.
The vice chancellor among others top officials of the university, planted trees during the launch while donations towards the initiative’s realisation were made.